Mount Desert Island — MDI Racial Equity Working Group and Healthy Acadia held a Juneteenth celebration performance.
An array of Maine artists, singers, and speakers came together to share their music and stories, all to commemorate the ending of slavery.
“So now as this country comes to recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday, let us celebrate this milestone while yet remembering that it is infinite as the grains of sand running through the hourglass of time,” said Theresa Daniels-Hemphill, Downeast Maine resident.
During the celebration, multicultural chorus choirs and artists played their songs before one student from MDI high school took the stage to speak.
He said for him, the new federal holiday, isn’t just about what happened back on June 19, 1865, but also how it hasn’t popped up today in the classrooms.
“To me, this date doesn’t just represent the long-awaited liberation of a people being unjustifiably held captive, this date depicts the image of when extremely valuable information is withheld from a population for far too long,” MDI High School Student Charlie Parker said.
To watch the celebration in full, visit Healthy Acadia’s website.