The Lee County Juneteenth Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Juneteenth Celebration at the Mary McLeod Bethune Park, Mayesville, a success. The affair was well attended and enjoyed by all. As promised, there were food, soft drinks, music, uplifting entertainment and revealing history.
A special thank you to Commander Ray Johnson and Leroy Peeples of the S.C. Combat Veterans Group who along with Chief Navel Officer La-el Carter presented and posted the American flag, the S.C. state flag and the Juneteenth flag to open the ceremonies; Lovette Addison for a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem; Rep. William Wheeler for presenting the committee with a resolution from the South Carolina House of Representatives; the Rev. Willie Wilson for our opening prayer; Mr. Ennis Bryant representing the City of Bishopville as mayor pro-Tem; Sheriff Daniel Simon and accompanying police officers; Mike Bedenbaugh and the Lee County Fire Department; Rose Blackwell and Tim DuBose with Lee County EMS; Syntrell Thomson and Betty Bradshaw for Safelink Wireless and Health and Wellness information; Ahmad Kersey, our DJ; La-el Carter, our MC; Kelvin Dixon and Nigeria Myers for moving praise dances; P.O.K. Superior Dancers for their lively modern interpretive dances; Travis Reames, soloist extraordinaire; our historians Margarina M. James, Silvia Scott and Minnie Collins; Nichole Johnson for her words of encouragement and inspiration; the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for providing soft drinks; our vendors Gloria Lewis - My Lucky Charm, Lena Elie - Mary Kay, Carolyn Ardyss - International Wear, Kelvin Perkins - Shugs Gift Baskets Plus, Patricia and Isaih Willis - GPI Productions, Shemika Williams - Save The Children, and a great big shout out to Freddy/Larry Rock and the Mt. Pleasant Class of 1984, for the tastiest fish, chicken and fries.