In June, both the cities of Franklin and Brentwood delivered proclamations marking June 19 as Juneteenth in recognition of the work community groups, such as the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, have done in the community to raise awareness of the holiday.
To celebrate, local groups will hold festivals in Franklin in partnership with local business and nonprofit organizations.
Juneteenth Festival & Health Fair
The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County hosts it 17th annual celebration at Pinkerton Park with games, giveaways, food trucks and a special presentation in which community leaders will unveil a Juneteenth marker at Fort Granger in the park. Noon-3 p.m. Free (admission). 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. www.mclemorehouse.com
The Franklin Justice & Equality Coalition hosts a celebration in downtown Franklin with live music on two stages, vendors from local businesses, food trucks and a kids zone. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Downtown Franklin. www.facebook.com/franklin-justice-and-equity-coalition
Read more about the history of Juneteenth here.