Commissioners celebrate Juneteenth at Roosevelt Plaza Park

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This Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners joined Mayor Victor Carstarphen to celebrate the Juneteenth. The celebration featured live music, food and family fun.

“Juneteenth is a day of importance unlike any other, it’s the day America truly became America,” said Commissioner Al Dyer. “That was the day that all Americans became free and were guaranteed the pursuit of happiness.”

Juneteenth refers to June 19th, 1865, which commemorates the day the last slaves were emancipated in the United States and slavery was officially ended. Texas was the last state to holdout from emancipation and was host to 250,000 enslaved Black people until Juneteenth. The day is also known as Freedom Day or Black Independence Day.

You can view the photos from the celebration here!