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Community gathers, commemorates Juneteenth

June 17, 2012 • Local News


J’Vaughn Johnson, 2, sits on Uncle Wesley Maxwell’s shoulder while watching dad play basketball during the Juneteenth Festival 2012 at Cahoon Park, Saturday. Mark Wilson Photo

Members of the community gathered Saturday at Cahoon Park to commemorate Juneteenth, coming together as one in a celebration of equality.

Juneteenth marks the day, June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with word about the abolition of slavery, two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official.

The day offered a host of fun outdoor activities, including a watermelon eating contest, swimming, sack races, basketball and horseshoe tossing, while delicious free foods like smoked brisket and turkeys filled the park with an irresistible aroma.

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