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Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration



Pay tribute to Paducah's African-American heritage during the annual Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration! African-Americans in Paducah have traditionally observed this day in commemoration of their ancestors' emancipation from slavery.

As featured on Paducah's Wall-to-Wall, this event originated at Stuart Nelson Park and is now hosted at venues throughout Paducah, Kentucky. Special events include a memorial service, youth activities, live entertainment, and much more.

Stay tuned for updates and the 2020 schedule of activities.

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Visit Hotel Metropolitan - This restored historic hotel chronicles Paducah's African-American heritage in the historic Uppertown neighborhood

Plan a Reunion to Remember - Explore our Event Planner Toolkit with planning resources specifically for reunion groups

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The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau is updating event descriptions to reflect postponements and cancellations in response to COVID-19. We encourage travelers to call ahead to confirm event plans and reference our COVID-19 resource page for updated local information!

​See our "SOCIAL DISTANCING" INSPIRATION GUIDE for virtual Paducah experiences, outdoor activities and ways to support local businesses at this time.

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