By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Hundreds hit the streets Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, the ending of slavery in Texas.
Celebrations started off with a parade beginning at the Civic Center and ending at Mae Simmons Park. While families and friends enjoyed music and free BBQ, several remembered the past and meaning of Juneteenth.
"Now days the kids don't know about the past, and if somebody doesn't come out and show them and tell them why we out here and what it's for… they'll forget it," said Clarence Edward, Juneteenth participant. "It makes us remember the past and what we have now compared to what we used to have," he added.
Juneteenth was first announced in Galveston, TX back in 1865 for ending slavery in Texas. It is now celebrated nationwide.
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