STERLING - The Diversity Committee of the Sauk Valley is having a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates when all enslaved black people learned they were free 156 years ago.
While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it wasn’t enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach all enslaved black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas.
The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the YWCA of the Sauk Valley, 412 First Ave. in downtown Sterling
The event is scheduled to include information regarding Juneteenth, a variety of vendors and free food. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside.