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Festive atmosphere surrounds Juneteenth
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The eighth annual Juneteenth festival drew around 1,000 to Rocket Ball Park last weekend with music, food and fun.“There were about 1,000 people who attended the event and many were first-timers who said they had a really good time,” said Nelson Ramsey of Young Men United which has organized the annual event since 2005. “The entertainment was great and everybody did a great job.”Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The beginnings of the observance came when Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 and revealed news of the Emancipation Proclamation which had been made into law two years earlier.