Abolition of slavery celebrated Aug. 8 at MLK Jr. Center

It will be a time of celebration Aug. 8 as residents from throughout the community gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Alcoa to celebrate the abolition of slavery.

“This is a celebration that is done all over the United states each May, June, August, and even February in the African American community that recognizes the abolition of slavery,” said Sharon “Sissy” Ferguson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. “Celebrations occur on the date the state received the word and/or were occupied by the Northern forces. Tennessee was the 8th of August.”

The event will be from 5 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 209 E. Franklin St., Alcoa. Participants will enjoy a variety of music from gospel to “Old School Music” from DJ Charlz to “New school rap” with rap artist “Villin Boyz.”

Vendors selling food, jewelry, hats, purses and books will be on hand. There also will be a Children’s Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. with crafts, games and fun for youngsters.

The event is sponsored by H.O.M.E. Inc and the MLK Community Center.

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