Liberian’s Independance Day Celebration in East Tennessee start on Friday, July 26-28, and is open to the community.
The diverse cultures of East Tennessee have another festival to enjoy. In addition to the Greek, Asian, African, Latin, Native Indian, and White heritage festivals, the Liberian Association of Knoxville is opening-up its Independence Celebration to the community.
On July 26, 1847 Liberian’s gained their independence and became the first free black republic on the African continent. Despite the preceding conflict between native Liberians, returning former US slaves, and Caucasian immigrant settlers that resulted in a 14-year war.
The Liberian Association of Knoxville is hosting a 3-day celebration of the 172nd Liberian Independence Day. The celebration includes a short history of Liberia, its culture, ethnic values, traditional foods, clothing and more.
All events are open to the public and most are free. The 3-day celebration includes:
Friday, July 26, 8 pm, Independence Day Party at Morningside Rec. Center at 1617 Dandridge Ave, (the SEEED office across from Haley Heritage Square). Sample the Liberian culture of foods, beverages, dance, and dress from the Mother Land – $10 admission.
Saturday, 1-7 pm, July 27, Family & Friends Day at Ashley Nicole Park, 620 Winona Ave. A free outdoor celebration in the park will be a continued celebration of ethnic foods and culture, with guest speaker Rev Dr. Harold Middlebrook.