Locals celebrate Juneteenth

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – People from across the Capital City came together today to celebrate Juneteenth

The holiday is in honor of the announcement of the abolition of slavery.

It took place in June of 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

The day is also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

The local celebration included games, sports, music, arts and crafts, speakers, a health fair and a legal fair.

“One thing, it’s important for people to get back to their roots and that’s what we’re all about here, to get back to our roots. Not only that, to let our forefathers and mothers know that we do appreciate them and honor them for the things that they have done for us,” said Jerry Bonds, a participant of Juneteenth.

Jackson Police Department’s Chief of Police Lee Vance made an appearance at the event.

Several other Juneteenth celebrations took place in the Jackson-Metro area.

An event at Battlefield Park will end at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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