By Virginia Patterson
NORWOOD – Norwood’s is observing its 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration. This year’s theme is recognizing the Founding Fathers of Freedom, United States Colored Troops. The troops were made up of African American as well as of other minorities. The troops traveled around the states notifying slaves about their freedom after Abraham Lincoln signed into law to outlaw slavery.
The Norwood Juneteenth Committee led by Virginia Patterson and the Norwood Recreation Department have collaborated the for the celebrations throughout the City of Norwood.
Friday June 17
Juneteenth Jazz in the Park, Sound The Alarm, Victory Park from 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by PLK. Open and free to the public.
Saturday, June 18
- Flag raising & Resolution, Norwood City Hall, Heritage Park at 10 a.m. The event will include speakers and Bishop Todd O’Neal and Friends Choir. Open and free to the public.
- Paint and Sip, Juneteenth Edition, Norwood Recreation Center from 1– 3 p.m. Advance Registration Required. $40 admission fee.https://paintwithcolor.com/events/ols/products/special-event-cincinnati-norwood-summer-june-18?fs=e&s=cl&fs=e&s=cl Create a Personal Masterpiece inspired by Juneteenth guided by our Professional Painting Instructor (all supplies included). Juneteenth Inspired Music Soundtrack, Complimentary Wine (ages 21 and over) and Refreshments, Safe and Relaxing Saturday afternoon FUN, FREE Parking and More. This is an 18 and over event for adults.
- Pool Party at Norwood Waterworks, Featuring DJ Stank, Open to all ages of the public and $5 admission from 5-8 p.m.
Norwood City Council passed a resolution, Juneteenth Independence Day, June 19 on May 24, 2022. The celebration of June 19 as “Juneteenth” or “Emancipation Day” is the oldest national commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.Celebrating Juneteenth typically features picnics, the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, choir singing, prayers, and speeches, and most important community engagement.