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Free festival this weekend in Marietta will celebrate Juneteenth

Khalil Bendib Khalil Bendib
Marta Holmes | 18 June, 2017, 01:42

The Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce will host its annual "Juneteenth parade" in Waco Saturday.

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On that day, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that slavery had ended.

It's the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the US; in Duluth, Juneteenth traditionally is celebrated on the Saturday nearest to June 19. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The East Biloxi Community Collaborative will join the nationwide celebration by hosting the 2017 Juneteenth Celebration. The event will be held at the Fish Haul Park on Beach Road. The celebration is free and open to the public. The day includes children's games, local talent showcase, celebration of students, vendors, free lunch, a community dance and music including jazz guitarist Michael Powers.

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