Black History
10:11 am
Thu June 13, 2013

“Juneteenth” Celebration In Springfield This Weekend

“Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900.” – Wikimedia Commons
“Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900.” – Wikimedia Commons

For two decades Springfielders have celebrated Juneteenth. It's a holiday commemorated in most states. It marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, which came two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Locally, festivities include a parade, Gus Macker basketball competitions, food, music and more this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 in Comer Cox Park. WUIS recently spoke with Doris Williams, who helps organize the event. She explains what the celebration is all about:

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