Palmyra-Riverton-Cinnaminson Juneteenth Celebration!!
Thursday June 9 from 5-9 p.m.
Rain date is Friday June 10
At the Chief Payton I. Flournoy, Sr Memorial Park, Palmyra, NJ
(Corner of Broad St and Cinnaminson Ave)
This year Cinnaminson will join Riverton and Palmyra in celebrating our third annual Juneteenth Celebration. We will honor the history and contributions of Black Americans to our communities. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.
Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the issuing of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest Black American holiday observance.
Support our cause by purchasing a Juneteenth t-shirt. They will be on sale at our event for $20, so save $5 by purchasing your shirt early.
Southern Burlington County NAACP
The towns of Palmyra, Riverton, and Cinnaminson are served by the historic Southern Burlington County NJ NAACP Unit 2106, where NJSC NAACP Environmental Justice Chairman Marcus Sibley is President. We have a track record for standing up for what's right, and we're looking for new members interested in being the change they'd like to see!
Enjoy the sounds of B-Smooth, a dynamic jazz band from Philadelphia, with an exciting R&B twist to delight all of your senses!
Celebration at the Park
Special guest State Senator Troy Singleton will join us for an evening of celebration.
For your culinary pleasure.
Juneteenth will highlight important community service booths.
South Jersey Food Bank
Palmyra High School
Black Student Union
Black Student Union
The students will be raising money and awareness to continue their local efforts for social justice.
Please support their efforts by buying cold sodas, including, but not limited to the Juneteenth original, strawberry soda.
As we all know, every vote counts and its even more important now than ever to get involved.
Find out more:
How to Register to Vote - http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/561/Voter-Registration
Vote by Mail - http://co.burlington.nj.us/996/Vote-by-Mail-Information
Flournoy Park History
We will be celebrating the PRC Juneteenth event at a park in Palmyra that was named after the first African-American Police Chief in Burlington County. This soft-spoken gentle giant of a man silently became Palmyra’s first African-American Police Chief at a time when such appointments were a rarity. In Palmyra, Flournoy’s appointment was seen as giving a proper nod to a man who made his mark on the police force and served the community faithfully. In reality, Flournoy’s appointment as Chief, four years before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act was groundbreaking on so many levels. Fl In a time, forty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed, when communities across the country are celebrating similar appointments as recent as 2009, Payton Flournoy Sr. and Palmyra were a man and town years ahead of their time.
Riverton Peace Pole
The Riverton Community Peace Pole at the park in the "peace grove" needs a descriptive plaque to emphasize its important May Peace Prevail on Earth message of "nonviolence" at this turbulent time.
A local "peace" group is coalescing to seek community input into designing and installing such a plaque, starting with a fundraiser on Juneteenth to cover its expense.