The Black Joy as Resistance! Juneteenth Celebration was held on Farish Street in Jackson Friday, June 19, 2020. The Fertile Ground Project sponsored the free event which was hosted by Black Lives Matter Mississippi and ‘Sipp Talk. The event included a mural reveal by artist Adrienne Domnick, food trucks, live performances and music. Juneteenth is a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Here are images from the Jackson event. 

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.