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Juneteenth celebration begins in Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Although the holiday doesn’t fall until June 19, people in Topeka started celebrating the June holiday early.

On Saturday, June 15, the Hilcrest Community Center and Park hosted the Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth celebration from noon to 10 p.m.

June 19, 1865 marked the final implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. This officially freed all slaves in the United States, which is why the holiday is celebrated on that day.

27 News spoke with people involved with the event and said it’s important to pass on the history of the holiday.

“It’s history. Juneteenth has a lot of history,” said Norma Avery, chair of the Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth Celebration. “If we don’t pass on our history, it’s lost.”

The party was full of delicious food and drinks. There was also live music and dance performances.

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