Juneteenth — an amalgam of “June” and “nineteenth” — is considered the longest-running African American holiday, and symbolically represents black independence day. It’s also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day.

This year, celebrations were held at Earl Brown Park in DeLand on Saturday, June 19, and in Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand Sunday, June 20.

"Unity in the community" brought out hundreds of people this weekend to the events to shop, connect, and enjoy the variety of entertainment and vendors.