Large crowd expected for Juneteenth celebration

MARION COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV)-- This weekend marks the celebration of Juneteenth to commemorate the end of slavery.

The celebration is of the freed slaves in the south two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

On June 19, 1865 the slaves in the southern states were told they were freed and in turn, a celebration erupted and became the Juneteenth holiday.

On Friday, the event, hosted by the WV Blackunity Coalition, kicks off with a hip-hop showcase at the House of BBQ in Fairmont and on Saturday the celebration will be at WindMill Park from 10-6 p.m.

A plethora of activities and food trucks will be available for everyone to enjoy.

"They use June 19, 1865 for a long time, but over the years they've combined it to Juneteenth. This is just a celebration of our ancestry and our history and it's going to be a joyous event," said Lajuana Logan one of the event organizers.

The free event will also host some WVU basketball players and Miss West Virginia.