Mecklenburg county leaders discussed the next steps for the Historic Latta plantation Tuesday evening. One thing is certain: Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Director W. Lee Jones said when it comes to the future of Historic Latta plantation, they are still in the "assessment gathering phase."
*Editor's note: The video above is from June 16, 2021
At the meeting, county leaders received details on potential reopening plans, improvements needed, and expected costs for property maintenance. Jones said this will be a public process that county leaders will be able to engage with.
The park has been closed since June when Mecklenburg County didn't renew its contract after backlash from a controversial event.
According to an old event page, which has since been deleted, organizers were planning to host an event on June 19 called "Kingdom Come." The event page stated guests would "hear stories from the massa himself who is now living in the woods."
The event was not explicitly listed as a Juneteenth event, but was planned to be held on June 19 -- Juneteenth is a holiday to remember and celebrate June 19, 1865, the date the last slaves were told about President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation order to free slaves nearly two and half years after it was issued.
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