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From the Mississippi Delta to Packed Houses in Europe, a Delta Blues Icon is Returning Home for Juneteenth

Mound Bayou, Miss., On June 11th, Nellie “Tiger” Travis is returning to her hometown for the Juneteenth celebration at the Summer Mega Fest. Known for her popular songs “Mr. Sexy Man” and “If I Back It Up”, Travis will be taking the stage at Scooter’s Place at 9:30 p.m.

 

In the meantime, there will be a Juneteenth parade at 10:30 a.m. and a storyteller will present the holiday’s history at 1:00 p.m.

 

A Summer Mega Fest, featuring food, games, and activities is set for 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Mound Bayou railroad track. 

 

For more information, contact Mayor Leighton Aldridge at 901-545-9898.

 

About Juneteenth

 In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law to officially make Juneteenth an American federal holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It is commonly celebrated on June 19th, the day the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas in 1865. 

 

About Mound Bayou 

 Mound Bayou was founded in 1887 by former slaves. It is documented as one of the first successful all-black towns in the nation.