2019 Tennessee Picnic Association Celebration

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Name: 2019 Tennessee Picnic Association Celebration
Date: August 3, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Event Description:
2019's Tennessee Picnic Association Celebration marks the 77th annual celebration of the 8th of August. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1 of 1863, Tennessee and Kentucky have long informally recognized August 8 as Emancipation Day. As early as 1875, the African American community in the vicinity of Greene County, TN had begun to hold annual celebrations on August 8th, known as the “Eighth of August Celebration” according to local accounts in The Greeneville American. 

Saturday, August 3 kicks off the week at the Newport City Park with the Dr. Dennis Branch 5K Walk/Run at 8 AM. Registration for the walk can be done at runsignup.com. The Tennessee Picnic Association will also present a PBS documentary for the general public at First Baptist Church in downtown Newport at 2 PM showcasing the history and background surrounding this week long event. The week will conclude the following Saturday the 10th with a picnic at the Newport City Park and a Riverwalk After Party from 8 to 10 PM behind Newport City Hall.  

Learn more at www.facebook.com/TennesseePicnic/ or see the attached Activities Itinerary.  
Various locations throughout Newport, see Activities Itinerary for more details.
Date/Time Information:
August 3 through August 10, 2019
Contact Information:
TNPicnic at 423-237-6694 President Roland ''Trey'' Dykes, Vice President Tony Swaggerty, Treasurer Mechelle Robinson, Secretary Ella Kate Robinson
Varies depending upon the activity, many activities throughout the week are free.
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