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Juneteenth festival commemorates the end of slavery

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-16 16:45:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — On Saturday the community celebrated to remember the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former confederate state of America.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. dating back to June 19, 1865.

One woman says the local celebration at the TCC was held to bring the community together to learn about the day's history, and the message behind the event.

Valerie Stanley President of Juneteenth says "Unity and freedom. There's so many things in life that people are trying to be free from. We have drugs and alcohol and people just trying to change their lives. So freedom represents a lot of different people in this country. So we just invite people come out and feel free to enjoy themselves and fellowship with one another and just have a good time."

The black history mobile museum made a stop at the event.

There were hundreds of artifacts on display memorabilia from slavery to music.

Influential community members and leaders who have passed away were also honored at the celebration.