Jewel J. Newman Community Center hosting Juneteenth celebration for clients

Jewel J. Newman Community Center hosting Juneteenth celebration for clients
The Juneteenth flag, commemorating the day that slavery ended in the U.S., flies in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Source: Nati Harnik)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Jewel J. Newman Community Center in Baton Rouge hosted a Juneteenth event Friday, June 19 for current food pantry clients.

Those already enrolled were able to register to vote and fill out the 2020 Census. The event was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center, located at 2013 Central Rd.

“Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery and it is very important to have knowledge of our past. Exercising opportunities to mold the future is just as critical,” said Councilwoman Chauna Banks.

The event was held in conjunction with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Community center clients were able to get re-certified, register to vote online, and fill out their census survey. Face masks will also be distributed.

Attendees were required to wear face masks.

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