Juneteenth celebration held in Altus to commemorate Emancipation Proclamation

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He says it's seen as an Independence Day for African-Americans.

It's a celebratory atmosphere here at Juneteenth, and it's hot outside, so many people are enjoying the tropical pineapple freeze.

Also known as "Freedom Day", Juneteenth marks the date - June 19, 1865 - when a Union general delivered the news that slaves in Texas were free - two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Montpelier's latest exhibit about slave life at Montpelier just opened a few weeks ago, so Saturday had a special meaning.

Though an award ceremony honoring community members for their involvement, service and longevity was held Friday night, Terrence Filer chose to forgo the air conditioned ceremony to help set up for Saturday's events.

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"This isn't the first Juneteenth event in Altus, but there hasn't been one in a while", Filer said. "They need to be acknowledged, respected, honored and paid tribute to".

"This is important considering the history", she said. I've talked to some grown people that were here today, and they didn't even know about Juneteenth.

"We want to celebrate the achievement of civil rights, all civil rights in the United States", says Bell. "And we're celebrating freedom".

Paulk's post commander, Paulette Woods, added a sentiment shared by many of her generation: "Young folk don't know their history".

Now, many cities and towns throughout the country devote the day to celebrating black culture and history, and Vallejo is no different. As his National Football League career started to wind down, Lane started taking a more active role in giving back to his hometown.

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