African American Cultural Festival

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  African Americans in and around Syracuse will once again recall the time when the last of the slaves finally found out about their freedom after the civil war.  The City’s celebration of Juneteenth got underway Friday. 

John Smith / WAER News

From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.

The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.  At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.