While Juneteenth is universally known as Emancipation Day on June 19, in Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee many African-American communities commemorate that event on August 8.

The Eighth of August is a special holiday to acknowledge African-American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the two close by states.

In both Kentucky and Tennessee, the 8th of August has been both an Emancipation celebration and a homecoming tradition since the 1860s.

Over the weekend, on Sunday, Aug. 7, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County collaborated with Hopkinsville’s Humans Right Commission and Visit Hopkinsville for an afternoon of remembrance, celebration and fellowship.

The museum invited the community out to join in celebrating the 8th of August for a day of recognition, restoration and celebration paying tribute to African American History. The 8th of August is a reminder of freedom. Remembering those who were enslaved once before.

Antonio Catlett who is a member of the Men 2 Be organization gave a powerful speech during the downtown celebration. Catlett just began his 10th grade year at Christian County High School with aspirations to become a teacher.

Sunday’s celebration was a day of togetherness and a day of remembrance. Mayor Wendell Lynch as well as Judge Executive Steve Tribble were in attendance to give the proclamation acknowledging Eighth of August 2022 as Emancipation Day throughout Christian County.

At the celebration, vendors such as Brother’s Get Down Pit BBQ, Miss Mollies Eats and Sweets, Vansauwa’s Tacos & Vegan Eats, DJ’s Famous Lemonade, Janae’s Italian Ice & Treats, Different Strokes, Men2Be, HCC Workforce Solutions, League of Women Voters — Hopkinsville, KY, Christian County Health Department, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County Visit Hopkinsville City of Hopkinsville Local Government Christian County Fiscal Court were all in attendance.

Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is located at 217 East 9th Street. This museum is the house of great history and artifacts of Kentucky such as photos, keepsakes, books, trophies, and military history are some of the treasures within the museum.

For more information on upcoming events call the Museums at 270-887-4270.

Check out Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Museums-of-Historic-Hopkinsville-Christian-County/100048592725524/

Website: http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org

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