Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

South Bend, Ind. An all-day celebration Saturday marked a major milestone in U.S. history.

Folks gathered in LaSalle Park to commemorate Juneteenth, a holiday that recognizes the official end of slavery in our country, on June 19, 1865. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in 1863, it took more than two years for all American slaves to learn they were free.

The South Bend Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo hosted the festivities, providing music, food and entertainment for the kids.

"The theme is 'Justice: 150 Years of Freedom.' We have come a long way in 150 years; it's a long time," chapter president Craig Clark said. "We have made progress and we have made gains, and we will continue to do so. We're trying to keep the consistency for our people to move forward."

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was on hand during the opening ceremonies, saying a few words to kick off the event. This was the 14th year for the Juneteenth Celebration in South Bend

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