Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Duluth’s annual Juneteenth celebration is a day away.

A party for Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebration of freedom for African-Americans, is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St. in Duluth. The event includes music, food, dance, spoken word, face painting and other activities for kids.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War and 2½ years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Call Claudie Washington, president of the Duluth Chapter of the NAACP, at (218) 590-9009 for more information about Duluth’s Juneteenth celebration.

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