Jackson mayor announces new fire station, Juneteenth celebrations


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Saturday, June 19, is Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery. During Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s weekly news conference, he announced the City of Jackson will host several events to celebrate Juneteenth.

From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, attendees will be able to enjoy free admission to the Smith Robertson Museum.

Leaders with the city announced the Juneteenth Fireworks Extravaganza was moved up to Friday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. due to anticipated severe weather on Saturday, June 19.

“It starts at 7:00, right in front of the Convention Center. We’ll have activities from 7:00 to 9:00 with the fireworks starting at nightfall, and we’re excited about that it’ll be a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to come and enjoy Juneteenth,” said Ison Harris, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Jackson.

Also during the news conference, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new fire station for Station 20. The fire station will be located on Medgar Evers Boulevard.

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