August 8th Emancipation Celebration Activities in Paducah This Week

PADUCAH - The August 8th Emancipation Celebration is a time of celebration, remembrance, and fellowship. Events and activities take place throughout the community Wednesday, Aug. 5th through Sunday, Aug 9th. The theme this year is Apart...Together. 

Events and activities take place throughout the community Wednesday, Aug. 5th through Sunday, Aug 9th. The theme this year is Apart...Together. 

Wednesday, August 5th
Opening Ceremony 
Apart but Together 
W.C. Young Community Center 
6 pm

Thursday, August 6th
Outdoor “Movie Night” on the lawn at the W.C. Young Community Center Lawn 
7:30 – 9:30 pm (bring your own lawn chairs)

Little Mr. & Miss “8th of August” 
Baby Pageant applicants were accepted last month and the voting deadline is August 6th at 11:59 pm.  

Friday, August 7th
Zoom-A-Thon Auction (virtual) 
7 – 11 pm

W.C. Young Community Center Fish Fry 
W.C. Young Center Parking Lot 
5 pm

Saturday, August 8
Emancipation Celebration Breakfast 
7 – 11 am (carry-out only)

Car & Motorcycle Show/Parade 
Stuart Nelson Park 
3 – 6  pm

Apart - Together! Girl Power! 
Hotel Metropolitan with DJ Crystal Shackel 
Outdoor exhibit on display on Hotel Metropolitan lawn
5 – 7 pm 

Themed T-shirt/ Souvenir Journals for sale 
Robert Coleman (Blackburn) Park
6 – 8 pm 

Oscar Cross Boys and Girls’ Club Keystone Club Block Party
OCBGC Parking Lot 
6 pm

Sunday, August 9th
Little Mr./Miss “8th of August”
Winners are announced (virtually) 
3:45 pm

Livestream/Virtual Salute to Gospel Music & Memorial Service 
4 pm 

Virtual Silent Auction Winners Announced 
5 pm

For more information, the following contacts are suggested:
Opening Ceremony / Little Mr. and Miss “8th of August” Information: Rose Lowery 270-519-3113 
Souvenir Journal Coordinator Javanta Dawson 804-536-2033 
Silent Auction Information: Lakilia Bedeau 270-709-4544 
Zoom-A-Thon Information: Sandra Kelly 270-519-2130 
Breakfast Coordinator: Brittney Crim-Freeman 618-638-0222
Car and Motorcycle Show / T-Shirt Information: Stephani Gray 270-908-1492 
OCBGC Keystone Block Party Information: LaToya Laster 270-366-2358
Marvin Nunn, Board of Director, President 270-519-4671
During the above events, books, posters and t-shirts are available for purchase at the W.C. Young Community Center 


During the August 8th in person activities, organizers remind attendees to adhere to personal prevention practices; such as handwashing, staying home when sick, maintaining six feet of distance, and wearing a face covering are important ways to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.

The McCracken County Public Library has gathered several links to resources for generations to explore their history and genealogy.  In the link, you’ll find digital links to library holdings, websites, photographs, databases, and more relating to Black history in Western Kentucky.  https://www.mclib.net/black-history-and-genealogy-resource-guide/ 

Published 03:10 PM, Wednesday Aug. 05, 2020
Updated 03:15 PM, Wednesday Aug. 05, 2020

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