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Juneteenth 2016 Celebrated at Free Event this Sunday

Two members of the Black Cowboys as they appeared last year in Elizabeth.  Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – A descendent of Harriet Tubman and the Federation of Black Cowboys are coming to celebrate Juneteenth 2016, a free, statewide event, Sunday, June 19, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Elizabeth Waterfront Pier and Marina at Broadway and East Jersey Street.

The public will experience the voyage from slavery to presidency, from the “Outhouse” to the “Whitehouse,” aboard the “Spirit of Freedom” ship. Hosted by the New Jersey Legacy Committee and with the theme “We’ve Come a Long Way,” this free event features an appearance by Kim Cornish, a descendant of Harriet Tubman; “Black Moses,” who was the founder and chief conductor of the Underground Railroad. In 2020, Tubman will be the first African American Woman to grace U.S. paper currency. Also, on hand will be the Federation of Black Cowboys demonstrating their skills. “Freedom Foods” will be served.

The Legacy Committee is comprised of elected and civic leaders throughout New Jersey including Members of Congress Donald Payne, Jr. and Bonnie Watson Coleman; NJ State Senators Ron Rice and Raymond Lesniak; Assembly members Sheila Oliver, Gerald Green and Jamel Holly; Mayors Christian Bollwage and Derek Armstead; Freeholder Vernell Wright; Council members Patricia Perkins Auguste, Willman Gallman, David Brown and Mildred Crump. Also, Presiding Elder Larry E. Dixon of the AME Church, Ron Richardson and Kim Nesbitt Good.

For further information, contact Kim Nesbitt Good at 908-419-9318.


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