On Sunday, June 16, 2019, Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama, will celebrate Juneteenth–A Festival of Voices. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Holmes Avenue and Church Street at WHNT Channel 19 Television Station, for the unveiling of the “Church Street Historic Marker.”
The celebration moves to the historic Huntsville Depot and Roundhouse on Church Street in downtown Huntsville from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Costumed actors will portray Huntsville-Madison County citizens who lived during the 19th and 20th Century, including several Oakwoodites: Anna Knight, Dr. Eva B. Dykes, Dr. Robert Shurney, Mrs. Inez Booth, and Mrs. Chessie Harris. The public is invited to come hear their stories, and meet others including Arna Bontemps, Dorothy Holloway, Queen Haley, the Buffalo Soldiers, Dr. William Hooper Councill, Xenia Pruitt, Dred Scott, Alex Haley, Sun Ra, Will Mastin, Dr. Burgess Scruggs, Matt Gray, J.F. Drake, Pascal Conley, A.J. Criner, Dr. Sonnie Hereford III, Bartley Harris, Samuel Lowery, Johnnie Loujean Dent, and Dr. Samuel Beard.
“This is an SOS,” says President Leslie Pollard. “We need every hand on deck. We