Richwood Community Celebrates Juneteenth

Hundreds of folks came out to celebrate history and the start of summer.

RICHWOOD - Folks in Richwood celebrated history and the start of summer today/

Hundreds of people came out to the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival at Richwood High School.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States

It was on June 19th, 1965 that Union Soldiers, arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that slavery was abolished. The news came two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation 

Organizers say the event is an important reminder of the past.

“It’s a privilege to be an American and the privileges and blessings that you have - someone paid a price for that. And you need to realize that”, said Richwood Community Development Agency Director, Margie Davis. “You need to do your part to make sure America stays better and stronger."

Among the festivities were a slip and slide, a classic car show and plenty of food.

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