Juneteenth Block Party hosted by ‘The Woodlawn’ celebrates black entrepreneurship

Jewel Hillery and BJ Lutz

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CHICAGO —- One of the many events commemorating Juneteenth around Chicago was a block party in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood, hosted by ‘The Woodlawn,’ a shared kitchen/restaurant and event space that aims to help emerging entrepreneurs establish themselves positioning for economic growth. freedom all year round.

“He has other vendors come in and rent out the space to different food vendors, juice vendors,” explains Keishawna Hearn, whose cousin owns “The Woodlawn” at East 79th Street and South Woodlawn Avenue.

Wednesday’s block party was the fifth hosted by the organization for Juneteenth, which commemorates the date in 1865 when General Gordon Granger informed enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they had been freed.

“Celebrating Juneteenth is important to our community because it gives us the opportunity to not only celebrate our freedom, but it also gives us the opportunity to celebrate our communities,” said organizer Rika Lee.

The block party featured live music, entertainment, local vendors and children’s activities. A fireworks show concludes the event.