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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Juneteenth Celebration at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Juneteenth Celebration at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Juneteenth is celebrated nationally as a way to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on June 19 in 1865. There are vendors, great food, face painting for the kids, and we're here giving out free Aquafina water and free soft drinks, so it's also great for the community.

We owe so much to General Granger and the news he brought to Galveston on the day we now call Juneteenth.

Lee and her supporters walked in more than 20 states in her first campaign to talk to President Obama past year.

Juneteenth is a combination of June and the 19, which represent the day in 1865 when the last slaves in America (Galveston, Texas) were freed.

In the 20th Century recognition of Juneteenth declined, only to find a resurgence during the Civil Rights Movement. "We're going to have a lot of fun today".

Nate Walls, Juneteenth Celebration Participant, "I think everyone should know about it". However, the word of freedom did not reach the Confederate state of Texas until 1965, two years later.

Coordinators believe understanding this history allows for a better future. "People with smiles", said Chambers.

This year, like previous years, the celebrations were meant to highlight black community leaders and people uplifting the black community.

On Sunday afternoon, the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Citywide Celebration recognized freedom for all. "Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand".

The blend of cultures is evident in the air, fragrant with burning incense and barbecue smoke mingling together, a sensory representation of African and African-American cultures. The news was met with both shock and jubilation, and from that day forth, the day was marked with celebration and reflection.

"I am a proud member of the NAACP, and I know events like this are very important to help spread awareness". Decades of collective action would follow as equality and justice for African-Americans advanced slowly, frustratingly, gradually, on our nation's journey toward a more flawless union.

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