Juneteenth festival at Tempe History Museum celebrates the abolition of slavery in America

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Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in U.S. history when the last enslaved African American people heard about the abolition of slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, it took 2.5 years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans in the former Confederate States of America. 

Valley residents are encouraged to take part in a Juneteenth celebration at the Tempe History Museum on June 15. A festival will be held with music, dance, spoken word, information tables, raffle prizes, Kid Zone activities and food vendors.  Attendees will learn more about this historical day while honoring African American heritage.

When: Saturday, June 15, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. 

The annual Juneteenth Celebration is presented by the African American Advisory Committee, Tempe History Museum, City of Tempe Strategic Management and Diversity Office, Tempe Police, Tempe Firefighters Union, and ADP Cultivates Business Resource Group.

Visit tempe.gov/museum or call 480-350-5100 for more information.

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