Juneteenth “Taste of Soul” event combined food, speakers, singing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Plantory’s third Juneteenth celebration Friday “Taste of soul” was a celebration of culture through song, speakers and comedy.

Despite this year the first Juneteenth was deemed a federal holiday, The Plantory’s program director said he’s been celebrating it for more than a decade and has planned events in Lexington the past two.

“My whole intention when I planned this event is that next time it gets bigger and bigger,” Shawn Bumpase said.

And this year’s was a packed house.

Mildred Bailey was one of the speakers.

She brought up the idea that Juneteenth should be celebrated like people do for the Fourth of July. It is truly an independence day.

There was also performances of song and a short skit by Debra Faulk. And you can’t forget the food, each black owned business brought a sample of what they sell for people to try.

“I think after COVID, after all the police brutality, just seeing every color in this room it shows that unity is still here. I hope that we can bond together and move forward and have celebrations like this all the time,” Bumpase said.

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