The 159th Annual Emancipation Celebration will be held at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds located at 189 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio on Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, September 18th, 2022. The planned event promises excitement and entertainment for all age groups.

The Gallia County Emancipation Celebration Committee is pleased to announce our Sunday, September 18th Keynote Speaker is Karl Colder, Chief of Police for the City of Huntington, WV. This will be on the main stage at 2:00 pm.

History will come alive with the Civil War Re-enactors from the 5th & 12th regiments of the U.S.C.T. who will be encamping at the fairgrounds and will take the stage on the afternoon of Saturday, September 17th.

Music on Saturday morning will be rendered by the River Valley High School marching band and Linae Scott, accompanied by Christian Scott, singing the Negro Anthem. Mr. Phillip Armstrong will give special remarks on Saturday afternoon. The Unit Band WV from Charleston, WV will perform starting at 4:00 pm and Lawrence R. Greene and Company will perform African Drum and Dance Saturday afternoon. Saturday events will also include a Kids Fun Day on the fairgrounds weather permitting

Our own Reverend Marlin Griffin will emcee Saturday and Sunday’s events. The Sunday sermon will be delivered by Reverend Christian Scott of Paint Creek Baptist Church, Gallipolis, Ohio. Music will be provided in the morning session by Paint Creek Praise Team from Paint Creek Baptist Church and in the afternoon session To Be Announced. Also, on Sunday afternoon Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin & Deputy Garret Hill with Police Canine Torm will give a demonstration. Sunday afternoon will finish with special remarks from John Gee Black Historical Center Chairperson Robin Payne regarding the Center and the new project to “Save the Red Brick House” built by John Gee located beside the Center.

We are expecting dignitaries from our local, state and national offices. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. Both days include food booths, arts & crafts, health fair, birthday chronicles, games for the youth and fun for all in attendance.

Gallia County Emancipation Celebration is proud to partner with: