Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration

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The African American community in Syracuse is kicked off its 30th annual celebration of Juneteenth Friday to commemorate their freedom.  It all started on June 19th, 1865 when black people were told slavery was over, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  

Juneteenth Spokesperson Nakeia Chambers says the event is about inclusion.

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This weekend the City of Syracuse marks 152nd Anniversary of when African Americans learned they would be freed from slavery.  The Juneteenth Flag Raising ceremony at Syracuse City Hall reflected on the past and the promise of a brighter future.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented a proclamation.

  African-American history and culture are celebrated around the country every year during Juneteenth festivals commemorating the freeing of slaves.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of their freedom.  Mayor Stephanie Minor kicked-off Syracuse’s festival earlier today in front of City Hall. 

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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. 

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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.