The bridge dedication was just one part of the Zanesville Juneteenth Celebration.
Juneteenth is one of the oldest known celebrations of the ending of slavery in America. It began june 19, 1865 when the Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas.
“The slaves didn’t know they were free,” said Juneteenth Committe Member Maurice Crouch, Jr. “They had a celebration on june 19 and every since then, that’s the celebration of freedom.”
Crouch says people from the Elks, Esquire Club, Minority Business Resource Network, NAACP and other organizations came together for the event.
“Still, not a lot of people know about it,” he said. “So on this day we try to make everyone aware that we do exist.”
Today’s celebration included singing, dancing, and eating. Crouch says it’s a great way to bring together the young and old from all walks of life.