NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There are several events planned to recognize Juneteenth in Middle Tennessee this year. June 19th celebrates when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were freed, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. It was passed as a federal holiday in 2021 and became an official holiday in Nashville in April of this year.

The following events are planned this week in several Middle Tennessee communities: