Emancipation Park Day at Ewert Park

Emancipation Park Day at Ewert Park
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Joplin, MO – 2014 Joplin Emancipation Park Days

August 1, 2, and 3

Friday night –

6:00 Opening

Buffalo Soldiers reenactment by authentic Soldier

Free horse rides for kids

Old School Jam in the park starting around 8:30

Saturday –

Car show 10-2

$10 entry fee – can register day of event

includes lunch of hot dog, chips, and drink

Judging at noon

for more info call Jim West at 782-0055 or

Teddy Johnson at 437-1228

Kids games under the pavillion

Sunday –

Free Swim 1-3

hot dogs, chips, drinks, and goody bags for the kids under the pavillion following swim

Will have food vendors in the park

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It was on or around the day that each individual state gained emancipation from the federal government that was deemed the day of celebration upon the state’s Black-American community. August 4 is the day set aside for celebrating the emancipation of the American slave in Joplin, MO and other neighboring towns as Neosho and Springfield, MO. The celebration has taken place on or around the weekend of August 4 annually in Joplin, MO for more than 80 years dating back to the 1920’s in Ewert Park.

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834. Emancipation Day is widely observed in the British West Indies during the first week of August. In many Caribbean countries the Emancipation Day celebration is a part of Carnival, as the Caribbean Carnival takes place at this time (although Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago takes place in February or March according to Ash Wednesday, not near August.