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Juneteenth Freedom Fest will be hosted by the City of Detroit on Sunday

People observe a moment of silence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth.
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People observe a moment of silence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth.

The City of Detroit is hosting a “Juneteenth Freedom Fest” Sunday at Eastern Market. Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when the last African American slaves were freed in the United States.

Erica Hill is the Deputy Director for the City of Detroit’s Office of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity. She says the festivities will include poetry readings, food, and a shopping area. “Which is, we’re calling Black Bottom Row where people will have an opportunity to purchase goods from our local small Black businesses,” she says.

There will also be musical performances by the hip hop group Slum Village, singer-songwriter Charity and Gospel artist John Houston. The Freedom Fest is one of several Juneteenth events scheduled in the Detroit metro area throughout the weekend.

Laura Herberg is a reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She won a Regional Murrow Award for best Hard News story (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) in 2020 and she was named the Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter for radio broadcasting in 2020, 2018 and 2017. In 2012, she was awarded a SoundCloud Fellowship for her project, “Listen to Detroit.” She also is the creator of Complete Me, a podcast with only three episodes about how she has trouble completing tasks.