The North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee will present the annual Juneteenth celebration June 30 and July 1.

 

 

Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, was technically celebrated this past Monday, June 19.

The North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee will present the annual Juneteenth celebration June 30 and July 1 with most activities set in the Washington High School Gym, located at 414 Kenny Street.

Events take place 6-9 p.m. ET Friday, June 30 and 12-4 p.m. ET Saturday, July 1.

Events include music and dance, food, an NAACP membership drive, a talent showcase, voter registration drive and fun for the kids.

Saturday’s activities include health and wellness screenings, HIV, diabetes and blood pressure testing as well as mental health and depression screenings.

On Friday, the guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Rufus Woods; on Saturday, the guest speaker is Pastor Gregory L. James.

There are also two new dance events.

Friday night will be a “Old School Dance Party” and Saturday will come the “Young Folk Block Party Dance.”

Fundraiser

The North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee will hold its first annual fundraiser, selling tickets for $10 per ticket into a raffle for a Samsung Galaxy S8 cell phone.

There are a limited number of tickets to be sold, so the chances of winning are high.

The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, July 1, prior to the Block Party Dance.

George Washington School Museum

The George Washington Elementary/High School Museum, established in 2008, celebrates the rich history and legacy of the school’s attendees, social events, athletic teams and accomplishments.

The museum will be open special hours over the holidays.

The museum will be open 12-4 p.m. ET Saturday, July 1; folks can take a tour guided by Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School senior LaShavione McCloud 12-3 p.m. ET.

The museum, located at the end of Avenue D at 303 Peters Street, will also be open 12-4 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 4.

Bring family and friends to visit and enjoy the photographs of students, architectural displays, artifacts, educators, administrators and local businesses which employed and mentored many of the students who went on to further educational and professional accomplishments.

Entry to the museum, operated by a non-profit organization, is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Fourth of July Street Dance

The annual Fourth of July Street Dance Celebration, featuring DJ Big Boi, will be held 9 p.m. July 3 until 2 a.m. ET July 4 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Avenue C in Port St. Joe.