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4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Held In Lexington

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jun 22, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – On Saturday people gathered in Lexington for the annual Juneteenth celebration.

Organizers say it’s about remembering the past, and also building a stronger community for the future.

The event was held at the Memorial Art Garden.

Juneteenth is a celebration of the day African Americans in Texas learned of emancipation from slavery. It took two years for that message to reach them.

Organizers of the event in Lexington say it’s an important day to remember the progress that’s been made- and that there’s still more to do for the African American community.

The event features black owned businesses, and offers visitors food, kids activities and more.

“There are several people now several organizations that are joining in the celebration and continuing to spread awareness. And many of them with the awareness that we still have work to do. We celebrate the fact that chattel slavery is over, but we also understand we don’t live in a society where we have collective liberation,” said organizer Sarah Williams.

Williams tells us they may have move locations next year because it’s getting too big for the park.