Juneteenth celebration gearing up

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File photo Around 3,000 people are expected to attend the annual Juneteenth celebration at Potter Park. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer One man’s dream of everyone celebrating the emancipation of slaves is a 16-year tradition in Clovis. Saturday, William Hall will begin cooking at 4:30 a.m. for an expected 3,000 people at Potter Park. […]

Residents celebrate Juneteenth

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Juneteenth-goers grab drinks to go with their barbecue at Potter Park. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Doug McAdams plans his vacation around the end of June every year, and his trek from Dallas to his hometown of Clovis has become a tradition. And as he stood Saturday, manning a […]

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Walter Coffe, left, places foil over a batch of fried fish while Jonah Fletcher scoops more out of the fryer at the Juneteeth Festival at Potter Park. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Juneteenth celebration won’t actually happen on June 19th in Clovis. But it’ll be close enough […]

Residents commemorate Juneteenth

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Tony Woods, left, served deserts such as peach cobbler and cakes during Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration at O.G. Potter Park. The desert station went through about five cake trays. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It took three days after June 16, 1865 before blacks in the south received the news […]

Juneteenth celebration scheduled Saturday

CNJ staff What: Juneteenth Celebration When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Where: Potter Park Background: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, according to juneteenth.com. Observed around June 19, it commemorates the day Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 that the Civil War […]

Food front, center at Juneteenth fest

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Al Spillmon, left, watches Ollie Hall, center, and Lawrence Coone open a jar of barbecue sauce Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival at Potter Park. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Grills lined the Potter Memorial Park parking lot Saturday, filling the air with the smell of barbecued meats in preparation […]

Food & fun Juneteenth commemorates end of slavery in the United States.

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David Hall of Clovis grills ribs at the Juneteenth celebration at Potter Park on Saturday. Hall arrived at 7 a.m. to help set up the event. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Kevin Wilson : CNJ staff writer Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. For the […]

6/17 Local roundup

CNJ staff Clovis Juneteenth celebration Saturday The Clovis Juneteenth celebration will be filled with food and fun, according to event coordinator William Hall. Upsilon Street at Potter Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the all-day event. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in […]

Freedom, history mark celebration of Juneteenth

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Monecia Connerly, 10, left, and Shawndrika O’neal enjoy the talent show during the Juneteenth Extravaganza Saturday at Potter’s Park in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer With temperatures in the upper 90s, many area neighborhood children were keeping cool at the swimming pool at Potter’s Park as part of the […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: CNJ STAFF WRITER For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s […]

Juneteenth event commemorates end of slavery

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Six-month-old Genesis Patton is held by her foster mom Pauline Monroe, of Clovis, as the two enjoy the Juneteenth Celebration Saturday at Potter Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Correspondent Even at 8 years old, Joy Tucker knows that Juneteenth means more than good food and fun and a day to […]

Area grillers to hit the pits

Reporters Notebook It will be the pits — barbecue pits that is — on Saturday at Potter Park for Clovis’ annual Juneteenth celebration. Some of the area’s best grill masters will hit the park at 5 a.m. to get the pits going with loads of food, according to event coordinator Barbara Singleton. “We’re going to […]

Juneteenth spells “freedom’

By Gary Mitchell William P. “Pill” Hall of Clovis has a certain reputation to maintain this time of year. Hall, 56, is the creator of what some would describe as a legendary barbecue sauce, and he shows it off during the annual Juneteenth celebration. “It’s very good,” said Barbara E. Singleton, event coordinator of this […]