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6/21/08

Juneteenth Celebrations Continue

The Lubbock African American community was out in big numbers Saturday to enjoy the 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Hundreds of people were out early as the annual Juneteenth Parade made its way from The United Super Market on Parkway Drive to Mae Simmons Park.

Saturday's events are all part of a three day celebration that has been held in Lubbock for 29 years and counting.

"We're barbecuing, we're eating, they got music across the park. We're just out celebrating and having a good time," said organizer Joe Hatchett.

Juneteenth is the name given to commemorate June 19th - emancipation day for African Americans in Texas. It was on June 19th 1865 that Union Major General Granger made his way to Texas to inform Texas slaves that they were free.

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