DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — June 19, 1865, was the day of final freedom for slaves in the United States. Today, June 19th or Juneteenth is still celebrated every year to honor the end of slavery.
This year is no different, the Tri-State Expo is holding a celebration and parade in honor of the holiday. Monday morning the Miss and Little Miss Juneteenth was revealed to begin preparing for the celebrations.
“So this is an opportunity for us to reflect on the past, but also to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the African American culture and so today our Miss Juneteenth and Little Miss Juneteenth are reflections of this holiday and also what we aspire to be in the future,” Tri-State Expo Spokesperson, Leah McKay said.
Taleisha Potter and Jacey Austin were crowned to represent Dothan this Juneteenth.
Both these women were selected based on poise and beauty, community servitude, stellar reputation, academic performance, as well as being knowledgeable of the history of Juneteenth.
“It’s honestly a very honorable moment, to not only honor myself, but to be upheld in this position to honor young African American young ladies so they can be comfortable within themselves and not feel like they have to change anything about them. You are perfect the way that you are and that’s with anyone,” Miss Juneteenth Taleisha Potter said.
In addition to the crown, Miss Juneteenth was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to go towards the college of her choice.