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Photo slideshow: Juneteenth — A historic celebration of freedom

POSTED: June 17, 2017 8:30 p.m.
DAVID BARNES/The Times

A First Baptist of Gainesville youth group performs Saturday during the Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Event in Gainesville. Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865, at the end of the Civil War.

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Gainesville residents celebrated a historic landmark of freedom Saturday with the annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at the Midtown Greenway.

The event marks the announcement of the end of the Civil War and enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the U.S. on June 19, 1865.

The annual festival included live music, vendor booths, poetry, speakers on history and health, voter registration and plenty of good food.



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