Juneteenth Event Planned For North Carolina Plantation Glorifies Slave Masters
Outraged residents turned up in large numbers on social media to express their anger.
June 12, 2021 at 7:49 pm
A community in Huntersville, North Carolina is outraged this week after an event scheduled to be held on a plantation on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the US, turned out to be an occasion to whitewash the horrors of the past.
“White refugees have been displaced and have a story to tell as well,” the Historic Latta Plantation event stated in its description, according to The Washington Post.
The event's social media page, which is now deleted, also stated that guests would "hear stories from the massa himself who is now living in the woods."
Outraged residents in Huntersville turned up in large numbers on social media to express their anger, forcing organizers to cancel the event.
"It hurt. We understand the history of what Juneteenth is, is something that we now celebrate, but also it’s rooted in pain," resident Hannah Hasan told WCNC.
In a statement on Twitter on Friday, Mecklenburg County officials said they weren't aware of the event.
"Mecklenburg County has zero tolerance for programs that do not embrace equity and diversity," officials stated. "Park and Recreation was not aware of the planned event Latta Nature Preserve until it appeared on social media. We immediately reached out to the organizers and the event was canceled. As a result of this incident, Mecklenburg County is looking at its contract with the facility vendor regarding future programming."