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Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Posted On: Jul 24, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

Parades, picnics and lessons in history marked Juneteenth celebrations Saturday in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.
A new national holiday was “really awesome. It's starting to recognize the African American experience,” said Detroit artist Hubert Massey, 63. “But we still have a long way to go.”
In Detroit, which is 80% Black, students from University Prep Art & Design High School dodged rain to repaint Massey's block-long message, “Power to the People,” which was created last year on downtown Woodward Avenue.
The ‘o' in “Power” was a red fist in memory of George Floyd and other victims of excessive force by police, Massey said.
“We did the original," said Olivia Jones, 15, leaning on a long paint roller. “It's important that we return and share that same energy.”
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston,...

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