On June 19th 1865 Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in Texas, which was the last of the former Confederate states to receive this news. “Juneteenth” has since become an occasion to celebrate the abolition of slavery throughout the former slave states. On Saturday, June 19th there will be a Juneteenth celebration in the “Juneteenth Grove” at Cadman Plaza Park, Tillary Street at Court Street (Cadman Plaza West) from noon to 4:00 PM. There will be many local officeholders there, headed by New York State Attorney General, and Brooklyn native, Letitia James. The event will feature music, poetry, and workout sessions.
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