The 158th Annual Emancipation Celebration will be held at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds located at 189 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio on Saturday, September 18th & Sunday, September 19th, 2021. The planned event promises excitement and entertainment for all age groups.

The Gallia County Emancipation Celebration Committee is pleased to announce our Sunday, September 19th Keynote Speaker is G. Michael Davis PhD, Chief in the Office of Recreation and Religious Services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. This will be on the main stage at 2:00 pm.

History will come alive with the Civil War Re-enactors from the 5th & 12th regiments of the U.S.C.T. who will be encamping at the fairgrounds and will take the stage on the afternoon of Saturday, September 18th.

Music on Saturday morning will be rendered by the River Valley High School marching band and Arnold Jackson singing the Negro Anthem. The Unit Band WV from Charleston, WV will perform from 1:00-2:00 pm and Lawrence R. Greene and Company will perform African Drum and Dance Saturday afternoon. Saturday events will also include a Kids Fun Day on the fairgrounds weather permitting.

Our own Andy Gilmore and Minister Marlin Griffin will Emcee Saturday and Sunday’s events. The Sunday sermon will be delivered by Reverend Calvin Minnis of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Centerpoint, Ohio. Music will be provided in the morning session by a Combined Church Choir and in the afternoon session by Angela Young.

We are expecting dignitaries from our local, state and national offices. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. Both days include food booths, arts & crafts, health fair, birthday chronicles, games for the youth and fun for all in attendance.

Gallia County Emancipation Celebration is proud to partner with: