Henry Cox has lived in North Dakota for about seven years, and it’s been good to him, so he wants to give back.

He decided the best way to do that would be to start Williston’s first celebration for Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates June 19, 1865, when the news of the abolition of slavery in the Confederate States of America reached Texas.

So on Saturday, June 15, Cox and others are putting on a celebration in Harmon Park from noon to 10 p.m.

“We’re going to teach and eat and have a good time,” he told the Williston Herald.

The day is going to include a speech by Mary Stevenson, a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force, as well as entertainment from multiple groups.

Elizabeth’s Dance Expressions will perform, as will A Capital in Ruins, Tuesday X and Ding Da Entertainer and other acts. There will also be a car show.

The event, which is billed as a celebration of freedom and community unity, has also attracted more than a dozen sponsors. The Williston Herald, Eleven Lounge, Cashwise, Unreal RC and Elizabeth’s Dance Expressions have signed on to sponsor, as have First Class Auto Glass, Smoke 2.0, Tobacco Depot, Vapor Lounge, WKOAppleRU, Northwest Supply and Trophies, R and R Trophies

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