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Juneteenth and African American Cultural Garden

Juneteenth and Ribbon Cutting
African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland
June 18, 2016

The annual Juneteenth celebration was held in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 18, 2016.

2016 Juneteenth sign in African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland


The event was special because it included the ribbon-cutting and dedication of Phase 1 of the African American Cultural Garden.

Plans for the African American Cultural Garden

Plans for the African American Cultural Garden

Doorway of No Return

Doorway of No Return


Carl Ewing, President of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland, welcomed the crowd and gave a brief history of the Garden at a Juneteenth celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony in the Garden which was first proposed in 1961 by Cleveland councilman Leo Jackson.

Carl Ewing

Carl Ewing



Reverend Emmitt Theophilus Caviness has served as Pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland since 1961 gave the invocation at the Juneteenth celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony in the Garden.

Reverend Emmitt Theophilus Caviness



Reverend Emmitt Theophilus Caviness

Reverend Emmitt Theophilus Caviness

Carl Ewing then led the singing of Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Carl Ewing

Carl Ewing



Carl Ewing


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke next.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson



Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson


Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell spoke about the Doorway of No Return.

Councilman Kevin Conwell

Councilman Kevin Conwell



Councilman Kevin Conwell


Dan Bickerstaff, Architect of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland, told of the philosophy behind the Garden.

Dan Bickerstaff, Architect of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Dan Bickerstaff, Architect
of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland




Dan Bickerstaff, Architect of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Dan Bickerstaff, Architect of the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland


Carl Ewing told a story about respecting the Garden at the ribbon cutting ceremony.



Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland.

Eugene Jordan

Eugene Jordan

Eugene Jordan



Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland

Eugene Jordan and former Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott cut the ribbon for Phase 1 in the African American Garden in Cleveland


After the Phase 1 ceremony, the Juneteenth activities continued. First there was a Libation Ceremony.

Libation Ceremony

Libation Ceremony

Libation Ceremony


Then Khalid Samad recited a poem called 'In case we forget to remember', which was just recited at the funeral of Muhammad Ali in Louisville the weekend before.

Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad



African American Cultural Garden sign


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