Junaluska jubilee in Boone June 15
by Anna Oakes
Organized last year by the Junaluska Heritage Association, the jubilee is an opportunity to celebrate and educate the broader population about historic Junaluska, a black community that has existed for more than 150 years.
"That's one of our main reasons for having the celebration -- so people will know that we are here," said Roberta Jackson, a member of the association.
The jubilee begins with a service at 11 a.m. at the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church on Church Street. Each year the jubilee honors a leader in the Junaluska community, and this year's service will honor the Rev. Morris Rockford Hatton Sr.
Lunch will follow the service around noon or 12:30 p.m.
Afterward, the public is invited to attend free festivities at the church, including performances by the Junaluska Gospel Choir, a magician and others. The jubilee will end around 3 or 4 p.m.
The Junaluska Heritage Association welcomes everyone to the event -- especially those who can share their memories about the community.
"We're trying to collect as much history as we can," said Jackson. "Sometimes you'll just meet people who remember things about our community."
Some parking is available below the church on Church Street, and additional parking is available on Queen Street in downtown Boone.
For more information, contact Jackson at (828) 773-2540 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)