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Juneteenth Day: community celebrates freedom


MADISON (WKOW) -- The streets on Madison's south side were alive with the celebration of freedom.

It was the annual Juneteenth Day Celebration, which commemorates the day on June 19, 1865 when slaves in Galveston Texas learned they were free.

The Red Cross, Madison Fire Department and the Weiner Mobile joined members of community marching from a church on Badger Road down to Penn Park.

"We have neighborhood youth organizations, community organizations, the motorcycle club is our grand marshalls, its growing every year," says organizer Jacquelyn Hont.

The celebration continued at Penn Park with performances, activities for the kids and a mainstage consisting of artistic expressions which reflected on history from slavery to Martin Luther King Junior.

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