Juneteenth 2023: PRC Celebration to Focus on Black Labor


AC JosepH Media

CINNAMINSON — Juneteenth organizers here said their celebration of the America’s newest national holiday will focus on the value the African American labor and how it played a vital row in the United States having to most prosperous economy on the globe.

The Palmyra Riverton Cinnaminson, or PRC, Juneteenth Committee said in their Juneteenth release to Front Runner New Jersey that their celebration on Monday, June 19 will be a “Land and Labor Acknowledgement.”

NJ State Sen. Troy Singleton with Riverton Mayor Syzanne Cairnes Wells and Palmyra Mayor Gina Tait at an earlier Palmyra Riverton Juneteenth Celebration at Riverton Park. Photo courtesy of Wanda Swanson and Jim Quinn.

The PRC fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place at Wood Park in Cinnaminson from 4-8 p.m. State Sen. Troy Singleton, President of the South Burlington County NAACP Tyrus Ballard and the Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison will be the guest speakers.

 “New this year will be a Land and Labor Acknowledgement,” the PRC Committee said. “The acknowledgment is a statement that recognizes that much of the economic progress and development in a geographic area or industry resulted from the unpaid labor and forced servitude of People of Color, specifically enslaved African labor.”

According to the Washington Post in 2016, a researcher at the University of Connecticut published an estimate of the value of U.S. slave labor in the 89 years from the country’s founding until the end of the Civil War at $5.9 trillion today.

Researcher Thomas Craemer calculated the estimate on the wages paid to laborers in the antebellum period and assumed an average of 12 hours of work a day, seven days a week.

The committee said each year they strive to educate, entertain, and inspire residents about the meaning of Juneteenth and the importance it plays in the history of our country.

Some of the other new additions to the PRC celebration include a drill performance by Amped to Dance, a step performance from AKA Step Team and an African Dance performance by the Carmen Dance Experience. The B-Smooth Band, a dynamic Philadelphia smooth jazz band with an exciting R&B twist, will also perform.

“Because this is an educational program, high school students from Cinnaminson and Palmyra will participate in the program through song and word,” organizers said. “For the kids, we will offer face painting, crafts, and Double Dutch lessons, in addition to the playground located near the stage.”

Organizers suggest that guests bring their own lawn chairs and that food trucks and other vendors will be engaging attendees.

For more information, contact Michelle Ray at MICHRAY8@gmail.com or 732-766-4755; Michael Hunt at Mhunt2979@gmail.com or 609-424-7389; or Kim Robinson at krobinson_19131@yahoo.com or 856-630-2996.

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