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June: Juneteenth

A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation -- two years after Lincoln  had issued the proclamation.  The Juneteenth Festival has become a day not only for day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture and achievements,  but for all people of all racial backgrounds to celebrate freedom and respect for all cultures. 

The Twin Cities is home to one of  the largest  Juneteenth celebrations in this United States. this year’s celebration takes place on June 18, 2016 at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. The event is organize by Juneteenth Minnesota. For  more information or to participate, visit the Juneteenth Minnesota Website

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