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LSU to Celebrate Juneteenth on Thursday, June 14

06/08/2012 12:24 PM

BATON ROUGE –The LSU African American Cultural Center will host the 12th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Thursday, June 14, from 4-6 p.m. on the Parade Ground. The LSU and Baton Rouge community are invited to celebrate Juneteenth.

 

This year’s celebration will feature music, food, cultural games, health information and screenings, and giveaways.

 

Juneteenth is the oldest holiday observance celebrating the freedom of African slaves in the United States. After the Civil War and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the news of freedom and the official end of slavery was slow to reach the slaves in the southern states. Juneteenth, also known as African-American Emancipation Day, is commemorated on June 19 each year to recognize the emancipation of the last slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

 

For more information, contact the LSU African American Cultural Center at 225-578-1627 or at aacc@lsu.edu.

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