Farmington area Juneteenth event honors late pastor

The inaugural Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration held June 29 will honor the memory of Rev. John Burns II, founder of the First A.M.E. Church of Farmington Hills.

Burns, who was also a candidate for Farmington Hills city council, died unexpectedly on May 17 after apparently suffering a medical event that led to a one-car accident. 

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

One of the oldest African American celebrations, Juneteenth events started shortly after the end of the Civil War to mark the end of slavery in the U.S. The Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration, held at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, will include keynote speakers,  crafts for youth and children, storytelling, food, music, and more.

For information, visit the event Facebook page,


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