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Juneteenth Celebration in the African American Cultural Garden

Juneteenth Celebration
African American Cultural Garden
Cleveland Ohio
June 18, 2022

Juneteenth sign


Before the ceremony began, two drummers originally from Senegal in West Africa played the drums at the annual Juneteenth celebration in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio.

Drummers from Senegal


Here is part of their performance.

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The annual Juneteenth celebration in the African American Cultural Garden began with the singing of Lift Every Voice and Sing.



Beverly Lloyd served as MC.

Beverly Lloyd

Beverly Lloyd


Carl Ewing, President of the African American Cultural Garden, welcomed the crowd to the annual Juneteenth celebration in the African American Cultural Garden.

Carl Ewing

Carl Ewing

He then introduced Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb who gave his remarks.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb



Kwanza Brewer led a Libation Ceremony to remember the ancestors who have gone before us and honor them.

Kwanza Brewer - Libation Ceremony

Kwanza Brewer - Libation Ceremony



Judge Emmanuel Groves spoke and said we should be mindful that the new forms of slavery include illiteracy, poverty and the like.

Judge Emmanuel Groves

Judge Emmanuel Groves



Kwanza Brewer and Beverly Lloyd from the Greater Cleveland Black Storytellers performed a story from the people of Lesotho at the annual Juneteenth celebration.

Beverly Lloyd and Kwanza Brewer

Beverly Lloyd and Kwanza Brewer


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The day continued with camaraderie, festivities and music. Enjoy these other images from Juneteenth 2022 in the African American Cultural Garden.

African American Cultural Garden Table

African American Cultural Garden Table


lady with Juneteenth shirt


Mother and son


Ladies in the Garden


Jeff Johnson and Chris Ronayne

Jeff Johnson and Chris Ronayne


Dr. Wael Khoury, Mehmet Gencer, Judge Emmanuel Groves and Peter Laswon Jones

Dr. Wael Khoury, Mehmet Gencer,
Judge Emmanuel Groves and Peter Lawson Jones


Cleveland Cultural Garden group

Cleveland Cultural Garden group



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