Christ the King, St. Vincent de Paul celebrate Juneteenth

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The Erik Blue Band, including, Dave Boisvert on saxophone, Manny Cole on bass guitar, Raquel Jackson on vocals, and Erik Blue on keyboards, provided the live music. Photos by Katie Peterson

For the second year, the Thea Bowman Ministry, a collaboration between Christ the King Church and St. Vincent de Paul Church, both in Nashville, came together for a Juneteenth Celebration on Monday, June 19, at Christ the King. Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed enslaved African Americans in the Confederates states. The proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, but enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, did not learn of it until Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger informed them on June 19, 1865. African Americans have been celebrating on that date since 1866, and Congress voted in 2021 to make it a federal holiday. The event included live music by the Erik Blue Band, food, and fellowship.

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