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Juneteeth camp educates, celebrates African-American culture

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Houston's Emancipation Park rededicated after $34M upgrades

Spectators at the corner of 12th and Chicon watch as the parade goes by. The quote on the wall pays homage to the neighborhood's black community. Store owners sparked anger last month after painting over a mural depicting famous black musicians and

As June 19th, was later named "Juneteenth Day", it is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration for slavery ending in the United States, according to celebration website, Gen. Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, that the final battles against the defenders of slavery were won.

Just in time for Juneteenth, a rededication ceremony and day-long festival were held on Saturday to honor the park's improvements.

The event celebrates African-American freedom, education, and achievement. Weather permitting organizers says they could top that number this year. This was nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Stephanie Bush, CEO of Community Development Sustainable Solutions, and Emerson Park Development Corporation partnered to make the Juneteenth event a success. In 1872, they pooled $800 to put down on ten acres of open land as home for their Juneteenth celebration.

Montpelier hosted its Juneteenth celebration with music and several activities.

Children ran about laughing and playing. If you don't know your past, you cannot move forward.

Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country.

Slavery falls squarely into the category of history that is uncomfortable to talk about, made even more complicated by the fact that the US came in late to the abolition game.

"We'll see a lot of kids tomorrow", Filer said.

"We are grateful here this afternoon to come and to try to share the Word with you, our Father's children", Waller said and then joked about the imminent rain. No bond with them, no knowledge of what they've been through you can't help them through hard times like they've helped you through yours, " said Wiggins.

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