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COMING TOGETHER — Volusia County’s sheriff, City of DeLand officials, student performers and others unite for a photo at a past Juneteenth event in Earl Brown Park. Many of the same volunteers are involved in putting together a Juneteenth celebration for 2022. PHOTO COURTESY PRIMROSE CAMERON

The community is invited to Earl Brown Park in DeLand on Saturday, June 18, for Juneteenth: Unity in the Community Celebration.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park at 751 S. Alabama Ave., and admission is free.

Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day. In 2021, it was established as a federal holiday celebrating the emancipation of people who had been enslaved in the United States.

The June 18 event is being produced by Sisters Build Network for Girls Inc., Man Up Mentoring, Joe Hearn Events, Kinks Coils and Waves, and the City of DeLand.

Our community will continue to share our history and provide a platform to celebrate our unity and love of one another.

Immediately following the action in the park will be a new Juneteenth event: a baseball game.

“Old-school style — Black Barons vs. Monarchs … Team Darby vs. Team King,” West Volusia NAACP President Sean King said.

The baseball game is being sponsored by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the City of DeLand, and it will be played 4-6 p.m. at the Chipper Jones Little League Complex, 403 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand.

Many sponsors have come on board to make the events possible, honor the significance of our history, and further promote unity.

Sponsors include AdventHealth, Volusia County, CareerSource, Florida Public Utilities, Simply Healthcare, Geof Felton, The Create Space, Quality Quickprint, Teresa Rand Consulting, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, Page Insurance Agency, the Rotary Club of DeBary, Deltona and Orange City, the Rotary Club of DeLand, DeLand Breakfast Rotary, Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand, FASTSIGNS Holly Hill and the United Way.

Look forward to entertainment, vendors, food and fun for the whole family!

For more information, please contact sistersbuild@primrosecameron.com

— Cameron, a longtime educator, lives in Orange City.

Other Juneteenth events around Volusia County:

Juneteenth Family Festival

Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Cypress Street Park and the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

This event features the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels, which includes more than 500 artifacts that document African American life dating back to the 1800s; along with African dancers; other live musical entertainment; more than 100 vendors, including food vendors; and children’s games and more.

Pride Night at DaVinci Juneteenth celebration

Tuesday, June 21, 9-11:30 p.m., at Cafe DaVinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand.

DeLand’s weekly drag show will host a Juneteenth-themed drag night.

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