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Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday is considered the “longest-running African-American holiday” and has been called “America's second Independence Day.” Juneteenth was originally celebrated in Texas, on June 19, 1866. It marked the first anniversary of the day that African Americans there first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it was initially issued.
The City of Webster Groves will be holding a Juneteenth Celebration on June 16 at Barbre Park. Come enjoy the sounds of the Red & Black Brass Band, enjoy light refreshments and see a sign we’ll be installing at the park celebrating the history of Black businesses in North Webster.