Juneteenth 2023: Camden County College’s Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett to Grand Marshal Cherry Hill Parade


Juneteenth flags hanging near the stage at the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19.

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CHERRY HILL — Camden County College President Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett will be the grand marshal of Cherry Hill Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 17 as the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association (CHAACA) joins forces with Cherry Hill Township and Cherry Hill Police Department to host the third annual parade and Juneteenth Festival there.

Pugh-Bassett, who was named last year as the first college’s first African American female president, will help kick off the parade at 10 a.m. After the parade, festivities will be held at Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road, and has become of the most popular Juneteenth celebrations in South Jersey.

Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett of Camden County College

In its third year, the festival has seen impressive growth. This year’s sponsors include: Cooper University Health Care and Haddon Township Equity Initiative; Cherry Hill Education Association, Haddonfield Education Association, Mall Chevrolet; and Penn Medicine, the Horace Mann Foundation, the South Jersey Food Bank, FirstTrust Financial Resources, Karr Barth Associates.

More than 40 vendors are set to show off various art, candles, wellness items, tee shirts, handbags, and jewelry. A wide range of food offerings will be on display.

Performer David Johnson, a recent graduate of Widener University, performs on stage at the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association Juneteenth Celebration at a recent Juneteenth festival.

“An exciting lineup of performers will grace the stage throughout the day,” CHAACA organizers said. “Health screenings and mobile clinics will also be available at the festival, ensuring the well-being of attendees.

“Cooper University Hospital will provide blood pressure checks and COVID vaccines, along with various healthcare institutions that will provide valuable services, resources and health education.”

Recently, Gov. Phil Murphy and President Joe Biden signed legislation designating the third Friday in June as a state and federal holiday in recognition of the end of slavery in the United States.

“The Cherry Hill African American Civic Association is thrilled to host the third annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival,” said Tina Truitt, president of CHAACA. “This year’s event promises to be a memorable celebration of freedom, unity, and community.

“We invite everyone to join us for a day filled with incredible performances, delicious food, engaging activities, and meaningful connections.”

For more information, go to chaaca.org, or Karen Taylor Bass at 917-509-3061 or kt@taylormademediapr.com.

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