WHEELING SCENE: Juneteenth 2023 in Wheeling

Earlier this week, the Wheeling community gathered at Market Plaza for the fourth year to commemorate Juneteenth. The event began with a Juneteenth Ceremony hosted by Wheeling Juneteenth committee chair, Ron Scott Jr. Speakers included Diana Bell of the Wheeling Griot Society, Darryl Clausell of the West Virginia and Wheeling NAACP, Unique Robinson-Murphy, Mayor Glenn Elliott, and Rev. Twila Davis of the Macedonia Baptist Church. Among the topics covered by these speakers, a common theme was the importance of continuing to educate ourselves, and particularly our children, about the meaning behind Juneteenth so that we can continue to work towards a more just and equitable society. 

After the ceremony, a lively celebration with live music, food, and fellowship continued at Market Plaza, with musical performances by Voices of Praise of the Macedonia Baptist Church and Morgantown, WV-based funk and soul group, Soul Pantry. Hundreds of people of all ages came out to remember, honor, and celebrate Juneteenth. Wheeling Heritage Media attended Wheeling Juneteenth to help document this important event. Take a look through our latest Wheeling Scene gallery to check out the full gallery!

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Editors Note: Wheeling Scene is a new series featuring photos from select events held in Wheeling. Our goal through this series is to help capture and share moments that showcase the people, places, and events that make our city unique. If you have an event that you think we should capture, send an email to weelunk@weelunk.com for consideration.

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