Juneteenth celebration planned

Published 2:16 pm Sunday, June 3, 2018

Juneteenth will be celebrated in Albert Lea at 4 p.m. June 19 in Fellowship Hall at United Methodist Church. Barbecue ribs will be served and those who attend should bring a potluck item to share. A short program will follow, which will be led by retired educator John V. Smith. All are welcome to attend. Reservations can be made at 507-473-2039.

Juneteenth is the celebration of when Texas first received notice of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865, which had been signed in January of that year and brought freedom to African-American slaves in the U.S.

Minnesota is the fourth state to begin celebrating Juneteenth.

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