Butterfield, Gatewood to speak
DURHAM —Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, and the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, coordinator of the state NAACP’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street events, will be the guest speakers for Durham’s ninth annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday.
Butterfield will speak at 2:15 p.m. and Gatewood at 6:10 p.m. at CCB Plaza on Corcoran Street.
Juneteenth started in Texas, and celebrates the day (June 19) when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached that state in 1865.
The celebration begins with a Unity March at 12:30 p.m. The march will begin at N.C. Mutual Life Insurance on Chapel Hill Street, and proceed to CCB Plaza. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., and includes food and craft vendors.
Musical guests will be The Sensational Nightingales, who will perform at 6:30 p.m. Rhythm and blues artist Sybil also will perform.