Cape Gazette

Delta sorority hosts Juneteenth Day in Milton

Jun 28, 2013
Photos by: Deny Howeth

President of the Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Geraldine Jones gives the opening prayer and address to the crowd of Deltas during the Juneteenth Celebration held June 22 in Milton Memorial Park.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolishing of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865.


Founding members of the Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrate 25 years June 22, in Milton Memorial Park for the Juneteenth Arts Festival. The national sorority is celebrating 100 years.  The members include (l-r) Geraldine Jones of Dover, Waynne Paskins of Rehoboth Beach, Otelia Oliver of Seaford, Olivia Blackman of Bridgeville, Jacqueline Brisco of Milton and Estelle Parker Selby of Milton.
Jennifer August with Zoe's Face Painting gives Kay Chula Jacobs, 7, of Georgetown a kitty cat-inspired mask of paint during the Juneteenth celebration.
Olivia Blackman of Bridgeville gives the swingset a go during the Juneteenth celebration.
Gerry Clarke, Betty Bennett, and Hazel Showell, the Trinity singers of Holy Cross in Dover, give attendees at Juneteenth a gospel tune.
Jaymere Matthews, 3, and his grandmother Mary Matthews of Seaford, enjoy a train ride in Milton Memorial Park.
The Liturgical Dancers of Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes present a dance interpretation for attendees. The dancers are (l-r) Ny'Ashja Brown, 10, Mozella Matthews, 14, and Ta'Mara White, 9, all of Lewes.
Author Geraldine Jones shared her book with those at the Juneteenth celebration. She used to babysit her grandaughters and they would write poetry. When the eldest died at 22, she read a poem at the memorial and was urged by friends to copyright and publish the poems.
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