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Salina To Celebrate Juneteenth Saturday

KSAL Staff - June 20, 2013 10:42 am

Salina will celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday. A daylong celebration is planned at the Carver Center at 315 North 2nd Street.

Salina will celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday. A daylong celebration is planned at the Carver Center at 315 North 2nd Street.

Salina will celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday. A daylong celebration is planned at the Carver Center at 315 North 2nd Street.

Multiple events are planned. Activities include:

* A free pancake feed sponsored by the NAACP beginning at 8:00 in the morning

* A North Salina walking tour leaves at 10:30 in the morning

* Food Vendors will be set up all afternoon, from 1 till 6

* Free hotdogs and drinks from noon till 2

* A cake walk with 100 cakes

* Entertainment will include gospel music, poetry, story telling, and praise dance

* Both adult and children’s games are planned

* A street dance from 6:30 till 8:30 in the evening

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on June 19th in the United States to commemorate the ending of slavery. It marks the day in 1865 when word reached African Americans in Texas that slavery in the United States had been abolished. More than two years earlier, on New Year’s Day, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Delivered during the American Civil War, this proclamation ordered the freeing of all slaves in states that were rebelling against Union forces.