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Austin Celebrates End Of Slavery In Texas With Juneteenth Parade

19 June 2017, 02:41 | Sandy Nunez

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd. Credit Jorge Sanhueza Lyon KUT

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd

Every year across the country, African Americans and their neighbors in the community celebrate Juneteenth, the day that marked freedom for slaves in Galveston, Texas - June 19, 1865.

The festival that followed included live music, fun activities for kids such as a giant slide, delicious local soul food and a number of community resource booths, is held annually.

The value of the day wasn't lost on Horskins, who came out Sunday in the name of unity, particularly of people of color, she said. The common beginning mark is June 19, 1865 - the day Maj.

"This year, we made a decision to celebrate Juneteenth in a different way", Saunders said.

Juneteenth is a worldwide celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Sadly, for two years, the men and women in bondage in Texas were unaware that President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.

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This year's event had a few extra guests due to the area it was located. Support from subscribers is vital to continue our mission.

Attendees say it's history that brings them there and keeps them coming back year after year.

Ashley Royal, owner of Footprintz Dance Studio, said she hopes a new generation of Waco residents will embrace Juneteenth.

"Even though we probably don't even know each other, its like a strong love here", said Wiggins. No bond with them, no knowledge of what they've been through you can't help them through hard times like they've helped you through yours, " said Wiggins.

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.

Jonathan Boose, organizer of Gary's annual Kwanzaa and Juneteenth events, said mass incarceration, high poverty and jobless rates remain serious concerns among the black community.

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