Juneteenth Ceremony, June 15, in Fairfax City

Juneteenth Ceremony, June 15, in Fairfax City


Juneteenth Ceremony, June 15, in Fairfax City

Fairfax City will hold a free Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 15, in Old Town Square, 10415 North St. Juneteenth National Independence Day is the day in 1865, June 19, when enslaved people near Galveston, Texas first learned they were free. President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing enslaved people on Jan. 1, 1863.

The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. and will feature a variety of speakers, including Mayor Catherine Read, Deputy City Manager Valmarie Turner and Sen. Saddam Salim (D-37th). Then, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., there’ll be live entertainment on stage, as well as food and informational vendors, plus cookie decorating, crafts, facepainting and a balloon artist for children.

Police Investigating Death of Fairfax Man

A Fairfax man was shot and killed, May 21, in Fair Haven, and Fairfax County police are investigating his murder. They identified him as Arthur Edward Mann II, 38. Officers responded that morning at 6:07 a.m., to the Citgo station at 6241 Richmond Hwy. for a report of a shooting. There they found Mann suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. 

He was declared dead at the scene. The suspect left before the police arrived. Preliminarily, detectives believe the suspect and victim were having a verbal argument at the gas pump before the shooting. They say the suspect then discharged a firearm, hitting the victim. The suspect is described as a Black man, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches and 40-50 years old, with short hair and a beard.

However, detectives are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting and are asking the community in that area to review any home-surveillance footage to assist them. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 5. 

Tips may also be submitted anonymously via Crime Solvers by phoning 703-246-4676 or going to http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org/

Women Can Join Self-Defense Classes

Registration is now open for the Fairfax County Police Department’s June self-defense classes for women. They’ll be held June 11, 13,18, 20, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the county Criminal Justice Academy, 14601 Lee Road in Chantilly, and participants must attend all four nights. 

Women will learn essential crime-prevention and personal-safety information followed by hands-on, self-defense practice. Classes are free, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/4bxVIIX. If the classes are full, keep checking the link, in case someone cancels. Participants ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a registered, female parent/guardian.  

Free Document Shredding on June 15

A free document shredding will be held Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-noon, outside St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton. (It’s between Centreville High and Liberty Middle School).