Kierra Titus http://waer.org en Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend http://waer.org/post/juneteenth-cultural-celebration-syracuse-weekend <P>From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual <A href="http://www.syracusejuneteenth.org">Syracuse Juneteenth</A> Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.</P> <P>The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.&nbsp; At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.</P> <P>"It’s a bittersweet holiday.&nbsp; A time for celebration.&nbsp; But also a time of reflection, healing and hopefu Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:04:08 +0000 Maximilian Eyle 3587 at http://waer.org Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend