Juneteenth caravan celebration planned in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. – Community leaders are planning a caravan celebration in Salisbury in honor of Juneteenth on Friday.

Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the day in 1865 when slaves were freed in Texas, the last state to do so. The caravan will start at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center then go by the newly named Black Lives Matter Boulevard and end back at the Civic Center. Participants are invited to decorate their cars with signs and window paint. Organizers say they wanted to do this for the community as a way to spread awareness about Juneteenth and create a way for people to celebrate it safely.

“We’re going to make it a full length approach and it gives people a safe way to gather and celebrate while being mindful of social distancing and making sure folks who have health concerns or worries are allowed to celebrate and be part of this great holiday,” says D’Shawn Doughty, the president of the Salisbury Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Cars can start lining up at 5 PM on Friday at the Civic Center and the caravan will start at 5:30 PM. There will be a small demonstration with some speakers at the end of the route and then participants are invited to make their way to a different demonstration in Princess Anne afterwards.

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