The African American Military Heritage Society will host the Juneteenth event

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EGLIN AFB – The African American Military Heritage Society (AAMHS) will host its second annual June 19 celebration on Saturday.

The event will include an art exhibit by celebrated Atlanta artist Robert West, live music by Devon and Crystal Smith, exhibits and more. It will also support the Air Force Armament Museum’s new African American Military Heritage Hall, which will highlight the history and achievements of African American Revolutionary War veterans in These days. The room is one of four to be located next to the main museum building.

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The celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum at 100 Museum Drive. Participation is free and the public is invited. Food and refreshments will be available outside the museum during the event.

Learn more about Robert West

A retired Air Force veteran, West is an award-winning entertainer. He exhibits his paintings at railroad-related events across the country and is also a researcher and visual historian of North American railroads.

West describes himself as a Southern artist who recognizes not only the physical beauty of America, but also the beautiful landscapes and environment of the South. He said his goal was for his art to convey realism and emotion by inviting the viewer to use all of their senses to appreciate a special moment in time.

Learn more about the African American Military Heritage Society

AAMHS, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, preserves the legacy and promotes the growth of African-American military history, mentors and educates youth, and expands educational opportunities for students in the Florida Panhandle through fundraising efforts.

African American Military Heritage Society Vice President and event master of ceremonies De'Carlo Garcia thank guests at the end of the June 19 inaugural program and celebration at the Museum of Armament.

Juneteenth (Juneteenth National Independence Day) was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrates African American culture.

According to information from Wikipedia, Juneteenth was born on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. That day, the Union Army announced General Order No. 3, which proclaimed freedom to enslaved people in Texas, the last Confederate state to practice institutional slavery.

June 19 has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the country since 1865.

For more information about this event, contact Jonathan Holmes Sr. at 850-603-3099 or holmes.jnp@gmail.com; Jonathan Holmes Jr. at jonathan.holmes9@us.af.mil; or Allison Morris, AAMHS Director of Public Affairs, at 850-774-7084 or aamh.society@gmail.com.

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