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Camden celebrates Juneteenth
Juneteenth - Savannah Black
Mr. Savannah Black was one of the guest speakers at Boykin Park’s Juneteenth celebration on Friday evening. Black said just because Juneteenth has been made a federal holiday doesn’t mean the struggle is over for Blacks in America and encouraged the approximately 300 people at the park to continue fighting for what’s right. (Martin L. Cahn/C-I)
Camden’s Boykin Park was filled to the brim Friday evening with people celebrating Juneteenth a day early. Juneteenth, officially observed on June 19, which was Saturday, that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Blacks in America. It originated in Galveston, Texas, where -- on June 19, 1865 -- slaves living there learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.