Fayetteville area parents teach kids history of holiday

Last year, Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday. Now, some parents in Cumberland County find it important to not only celebrate Juneteenth but also ensure their children understand its significance.

For some, the federal recognition marked the beginning of Juneteenth celebrations. For others, it was only validation.

Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the end of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation and is celebrated annually on June 19.

One of the most important parts of passing on traditions and holiday celebrations is instilling their teachings in children.

In the 2021 Juneteenth Freedom Festival Pageant, Jerel McGeachy Jr., 10, of Hope Mills won the title of Junior Juneteenth King. His father, Jerel McGeachy Sr., said he celebrates the holiday with his son the same way people celebrate the Fourth of July.

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