Don’t Miss: 5th annual Community Cookoff Cookout kicks off at VO Dobbins Center Saturday


FILE – This Feb. 18, 2005, file photo shows the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington. President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves free in Confederate territory on Sept. 22, 1862. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday, June 17, 2020, recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Nearly 158 years ago, former President Andrew Johnson freed his personal slaves, launching a series of events that led to Emancipation Day in Tennessee.

To commemorate the historic day, the community is throwing the fifth annual Community Cookoff Cookout at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center on Saturday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the ball field on MLK Drive at Louis Street near the splash pad.

The public is welcome to join in on the festivities to celebrate freedom and civil movements that led to the freedom of Black people in the United States.

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