The city of Jacksonville will host the first emancipation celebration Thursday – 104.5 WOKV

For the first time, the city of Jacksonville marks the historic day the state of Florida ended slavery with an emancipation ceremony.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Park, where you can expect performances by The Katz Downstairs, Mama Blue, and others. There will be poetry readings and a Rhonda Peoples-Waters will read the full Declaration of Emancipation.

The event will also include African American food trucks, activities for children, a community art project, and historical exhibits.

Find out more about what to expect here.

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