By Mara Brooks, Editor

Renowned aerialist and choreographer Pamela Donohoo headlined Juneteenth festivities at the Clemmons Family Farm on June 21. Photo courtesy of Clemmons Family Farm

Attendees watch as renowned aerialist and choreographer Pamela Donohoo performs at the Juneteenth festivities at the Clemmons Family Farm on June 21. Photo courtesy of Clemmons Family Farm.

Renowned aerialist and choreographer Pamela Donohoo headlined Juneteenth festivities at the Clemmons Family Farm on June 21. The family-friendly event featured a “black eyed peas and collard greens” theme, with Donohoo performing an aerial version of a story of a black-eyed pea who befriends a collard green leaf. Prior to the performance, Clemmons Family Farm Director Lydia Clemmons entranced the audience with the story of her great grandmother Margie, who continued to live as a slave even after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation because her white slave owners did not want her to know she was free. Margie ultimately escaped, married, and became a successful farmer until she and her family were chased from their oil-bearing land by angry white neighbors. Margie and her family started over in a new state, building a successful plumbing company.

Lydia Sr., 98, who founded the farm in the 1960s with husband Jack Clemmons, sat in an air-conditioned car to watch the festivities. “Please stop by and say hello to my mother,” Lydia Clemmons told attendees.