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Solvang’s Hyde Park!


Many people gathered again at Solvang’ Hyde Park to commemorate and celebrate the end of American Slavery June 10th Freedom Day!

By Solvang Journal Staff Report/

Many people gathered at Solvang Park to commemorate and celebrate the end of American Slavery: Juneteenth Day!

London’s Hyde Park is known as a place where freedom of speech can be practiced – even to the extent of verbally insulting the Queen.

Free speech and demonstrations have been a key feature of Hyde Park since the 19th century. Speakers’ Corner was established as a place of free speech and debate way back in 1872, The Chartists, the Reform League, the suffragettes, and the Stop the War Coalition have all held protests there throughout history. In the late 20th century, the park was known for holding free, large-scale rock music concerts featuring groups such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, and Queen. Major events in the park have continued up to the 21st century, such as Live 8 in 2005, and the annual Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2007.

In this present time, it seems that Solvang Park is becoming similar to the famous Hyde Park. Over the past few months, numerous peaceful protests were successfully held there. The Solvang Park hosted Anti-Governor Newsom and Black Lives Matter protests. Over the last two weeks, Solvang Park had about four Black Lives Matters rallies, all of which were peaceful when compared to what’s happening in other places. Most of the attendees are local white families. In records, Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley have a few Black American and African community members. The most recent gathering that was organized happened yesterday which was called JUNETEENTH to commemorate the end of slavery in America 153 years ago.

Juneteenth Celebration Organizer Vashti Wilson and her kids
Photo: by Esko Kenny Lama

Nearly 200 people – most of the local white families – participated with their children by celebrating Juneteenth, which is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Solvang’s Mayor Ryan Toussaint and his family were among those who showed support by attending the event. The protest was organized by Santa Ynez Valley for Racial Justice, and the organization plans many more events in the future focusing on educating the SYV community on racial issues.  

Solvang people celebrated and commemorated the end of American Slavery

We at Solvang Journal, want to show our support in the celebration for the end of slavery and we pray and hope for the end of racial, religious, and gender discrimination. Happy Juneteenth, everybody!

We thank organizers and supporters