While Juneteenth has been celebrated for decades, no data has ever been collected on the newly federal holiday to see what it’s economic impact could be in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Many Juneteenth events were celebrated all across the Natural State last weekend for the first time as a federally recognized holiday. A lot of events featured small Black-owned businesses.

Juneteenth Arkansas saw 160 vendors and 17 food trucks. 

Founder Ebony D. Kimbrough said the businesses made over $1,000 each. 

“I personally went and shopped with the majority of the vendors. It was an impact to circulate the Black dollar in our community,” she said “It’s important to circulate the Black dollar,…

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