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May 28th Festival

Updated on November 25, 2012

May Day Celebration

Why we celebrate May 28th is no mystery when it comes to the residents of the Battle Community. This celebration has been going on since May 28th 1865. The Battle Community got it's name from the man who owned the area and the slaves, Battle.

In the mist of the Civil War on January 1st 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves from slave owners. Freedom for the south's slaves came at the end of the war, April 1865. The slaves of the Battle Community had no knowledge of this signing to free all slaves because they weren't told. When the slaves did hear word of this freedom, it wasn't until May 28th 1865. The slaves began to sound the drums so the slaves in the surrounding areas would come to see why the drums were sounding as this was their way of communication. What a joyous occasion! The began singing, dancing, cooking and celebrating their freedom.

Unofficial holiday as it may be but since that time, the 28th day of May has been established a community holiday to commemorate the day that freedom came and became an annual event. It is celebrated with church meetings, all kinds of food and the return of family members who migrated north. During this annual event, there are such activities as drum beating, cultural dancing, parades, and vendors.

This site was recorded with the Alabama Historical Association in 1998.

Pop Up Sites

There are pop up sites every where you look. None of them are authentic, don't be fooled if you decide to visit. It all started in the Battle Community. I've visited some of the other fake sites and I asked the question to many who were there, "why do you celebrate May 28th"? I got dozens of answers but none were close to the real reason why that day is celebrated.

Historical Site

Battle and Antioc Communities Russell County, Alabama
Battle and Antioc Communities Russell County, Alabama

The Real May Day Site

The celebration of the historical site is located in Hurtsboro, Alabama, in the Shady Grove Park inside the Battle Community, that's Russell County. The event is 3 days long, starting May 27, 28, and 29th. Usually there is a parade on the 29th, starting at Dix Grocery - The cross road highways of 4 and 49 continuing south on 49 to shady Grove Park.

The contact person is: Mrs. Bennie Johnson (334) 667-7807

Vendors are welcome: 3 days @ 50.00 - spaces are 10 X 10 - vendor setup starts @ 4:00pm CST on May 27th - No parking on the roads, shut down time is 12:00 am, food permits are available on site.


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      Arlene peterson 3 years ago

      I enjoyed mayday I am from Alabama but I live in Florida now I have many family there I never met

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

      cmoneyspinner1tf , thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments here and there. Yes, I have read about June-teenth. I would love to celebrate it but it's a little far for us but who knows, I may tell you one day that we'll be coming. It's just my husband and myself and two dogs, they have pages here too.

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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks for commenting on my posts at Bubblews and redirecting me to your HUBs. Glad to meet up and get acquainted. Didn't know anything about May 28th. It's the same reason June-teenth is celebrated in Texas. Where is the social media when you need it? :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Yes, many have visited the festival and did not realize the real reason for the festival. That is the main reason why I wrote about it, to educate those who do not know why May 28th is celebrated. Thank you for visiting and maybe one day you'll visit us in Hurtsboro, Alabama for the celebration.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I never realised the significance of the date. I live in England so our deliverance from slavery was years before that in 1833, fascinating, thanks I learned something new! lol!

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      Jessie Denson sr. 5 years ago

      Even the years cannot erase the memory we shared those days are gone along with many of our love one,after over 40 years of marriage,we still feelgreat, Thank God''''