HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Council President Wanda Williams will join members of the IIPT Harrisburg Peace Promenade in a special presentation commemorating the ‘Juneteenth’ state holiday on Friday, June 19th. Community leaders will be presenting a bronze map replica of the historic Old 8th Ward to the City of Harrisburg.
WHAT: ‘Juneteenth’ Special Presentation by the IIPT Harrisburg Peace Promenade
WHERE: In front of MLK City Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St, and live-streamed on facebook.com/thecityofhbg
WHEN: Friday June 19th at 2 p.m.
Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. In 2019, Governor Tom Wolf permanently designated June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg’s Old 8th Ward was a densely populated area demolished for the expansion of the Capitol Grounds. The Harrisburg Peace Promenade – Commonwealth Monument Project, an initiative of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is a tribute to voting rights and the Old 8th Ward. The bronze artwork to be presented Friday reflects the top of the Orators’ Pedestal, and is a central theme of the monument created by Becky Ault and the A.R.T Foundry of Lancaster.
The presentation also exemplifies the committee’s appreciation for the support the City has provided towards the monument’s anticipated August 26th unveiling ceremony at the Capitol Grounds.