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Juneteenth event set for Thursday

June 17, 2008

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The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence is conducting its annual Juneteenth celebration Thursday at Broken Arrow Park. Admission is free.

Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery. This year's celebration, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include oral histories about Juneteenth and slavery, activities for children and families and a street dance. Local musicians also will perform.

The Boys and Girls Club traditionally recognizes Juneteenth at its summer program sites, but decided to incorporate families in this year's celebration.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 10 months ago

have a great celebration! boys and girls club is very good.

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Orwell 5 years, 10 months ago

Actually, both are semi-correct. according to Juneteenth.com, it was on June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

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Robert bickers 5 years, 10 months ago

Correction: "Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas."And here I thought Lawrence tried to eschew anything from Texas . . .

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