Freedom Festival Friday, Saturday in Union City
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:13 pm
The Colored Hotel Heritage Foundation of Union City will sponsor its third annual Freedom Festival Friday and Saturday. The Freedom Festival commemorates the 1865 receipt of news by slaves in the mid-South of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln Jan. 1, 1863.
The weekend will begin with a worship service Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, located at 720 East College St. in Union City. The service will conclude with a Freedom Walk to a reception at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church at 1106 East Vine St.
On Saturday morning, anyone supporting the foundation’s effort to rehabilitate the Colored Hotel at 202 Nash St. is asked to pose for a group photo at 9 a.m. at the site. The photo will be submitted to the “This Place Matters” contest of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and will be posted on the Web site.
A festival featuring vendors, games and entertainment will be held in Nash Street Park from noon-sundown Saturday. The foundation will sell barbecue and advance orders may be placed for pickup or delivery by calling Linda Williams at 335-1692 or Joan Blackmon at 885-3455. Rib slabs will sell for $18 and dinners including either ribs or pork shoulder and two sides will be $7.50. Shoulder sandwiches will go for $3.50.
The foundation’s goal is to rehabilitate the hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, for use as an African American History Museum and Cultural Center.
The foundation is a 501C(3) organization.
Published in The Messenger 8.4.09