On June 19th, 1865, General Gordon Grainger and his soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas and proclaimed to the slaves that they were now free. The freed slaves began a celebration on that day that we continue some one hundred and fifty three years later. Because education is so much a part of every Juneteenth celebration, our Education Village is an integral part of the festival. The Health Care Village is staffed with health care units such as First Care Medical Clinic who generously educate and offer various health screenings to all festival-goers. Our ever-popular Children’s Village is filled with activities including the commencement parade, a carnival of rides and games, arts and crafts, and a performance stage where the youth may experiment with and show their talent. The Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas, Inc. is a non-profit organization that depends in part on the generosity of sponsorship.