Juneteenth Celebration in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People gathered in Harrisburg on Saturday, June 20th, for the annual Juneteenth celebration.

This year marks the thirteenth year for the celebration in Harrisburg.  It is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.

On June 19th 1865, Union soldiers made their way to Galveston, Texas with news that the war ended and slaves were now free.

The Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church hosted Saturday’s event.

” We’re going to have live entertainment, it’s a community event. We try to have a street party. There are information tables here, children’s activities. We have a lot of giveaways because we have a lot of support.” said Executive Director Vivian Thompson

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