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Annual celebration commemorates the abolition of slavery

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People from all over Madison gathered at Penn Park to celebrate Juneteenth and watch the parade.

Juneteenth isn't actually until Tuesday but the celebration was held early.

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery throughout the former Confederacy of the United States. 

This is the 28th year that the African American community has celebrated Juneteenth in Madison.

While there has been progress in the past 150 plus years, the African American community says, there's more work to be done.

"We could choose to be downtrodden and be hopeless but today brings hope, you know," said Juneteenth organizer, Jaquelyn Hunt. "It's a day that shows our resilience, we as a people, things we overcome, progresses we've made and our commitment to continue.

This event was a culmination of a week's worth of celebration.

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