Free festival this weekend in Marietta will celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Celebration in Electra

Events happen throughout the weekend, June 16-18. Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets after the announcement, and the following year organized the first of what became the annual celebration of Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day in Texas.

The focus this year is recognizing history, heritage and happiness.

"June what?" he asked Shannon Osteen, 45, as the Oak Cliff youth leaned up from a red beanbag chair at the Martin Luther King Community Center branch library in South Dallas.

Festivities kick off Friday night, June 16th at 6 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church on 700 N. 6th Street in Monroe.

The University of Arkansas' African American Resource Group and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee invite the Northwest Arkansas community to celebrate the 19th Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth celebration.

A day of education, music, dancing, food and family fun is planned.

A Juneteenth celebration is set for Saturday in honor of the 152nd anniversary of the U.S. Emancipation Proclamation signing. The event will be held at the Fish Haul Park on Beach Road.

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