African American heritage center celebrates state’s blues and jazz legacy for Juneteenth

Artist rendering for the layout of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage’s music exhibition, which will be unveiled at its Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 16. | Courtesy by Dan Colon

The legacy of blues and jazz in Kentucky will take the spotlight at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Saturday during the center’s third annual celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.

Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) was the date Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number Three, which freed the last slaves in America. African American communities across the country began to celebrate the day afterward, and Texas became the first state to make it a state holiday in 1980. The Kentucky legislature passed a resolution in 2005 to officially…

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