Money Requested for Juneteenth

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The Juneteenth Festival celebrates the day President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It's called Juneteenth because its true anniversary date is June 19, although this year the Meridian observance will be Saturday, June 21.

Jesse Brewster, president of the Weschler Community Arts Center Association, said it would be a city celebration.

"The reason for Juneteenth is the festival will promote African American culture, celebrate the diversity of our city," said Brewster. "Everyone is invited to be a part of this event."

Brewster asked the county to contribute $3500 for the event, pointing out the city had committed $5,000. But supervisor Ray Boswell was not convinced.

"And for us to just come up with $3,500 here and $2,000 yonder and half a million here, like some of them ask for, I mean, it's just there's got to be an end somewhere and there's not money laying around," said Boswell.

But supervisor Jimmie Smith, of District 2, said there has been support in the past for other downtown events.

"Personally, I would like to see something like that again myself and I'd like to support you," Smith said.

County administrator, Rex Hiatt, was asked to find the $3,500 in the budget, if possible, and report at Monday's regular board meeting.