A North Carolina plantation canceled a Juneteenth event that would have told the stories of 'white refugees' after backlash
Latta Plantation, Huntersville, North Carolina. Carol M. Highsmith / Buyenlarge / Getty Images
A plantation in North Carolina had an event in honor of "white refugees" scheduled for June 10th.
It has since been canceled after backlash, the Washington Post reported.
Juneteenth is celebrated to commemorate the end of slavery.
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A North Carolina plantation has canceled an event that would have told the stories of displaced "white refugees" on June 10 after backlash, the Washington Post reported.
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June 19 or June 10 is celebrated by many black Americans as Independence Day, the day when Union Army soldiers informed the last of the enslaved African Americans that the Emancipation Proclamation established their freedom. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier.
The Historic Latta Plantation event was designed to focus on white refugees who have been displaced and "also have a story to tell".
"Hear how you feel about being liberated," it says in an online foldout that has since been deleted.
The event description stated that visitors would hear from Confederate soldiers and "the Massa himself who now lives in the forest".
Backlashes continued to be posted on the group's Facebook page late Friday night.
"Words cannot express the level of anger, disgust and disappointment that Latta Plantation is generating with the recent event advertisement pictured here," wrote one reviewer.
The Mecklenburg district, where the plantation is located, said in a statement on Friday that it “has no tolerance for programs that do not consider justice and diversity” and that they first became aware of the event through social media.
The county said it is now reviewing "its contract with the equipment vendor regarding future programming."
Historic Latta Plantation did not respond to Insider's request for comment at the time of publication.
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