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For the 33rd time, Alton residents will commemorate the anniversary of end of slavery in the United States. Saturday, June 15 at James Killion Park at Salu is the annual Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of the message of the end of slavery being delivered to the final group of slaves. Lee Barham is a local organizer of the Juneteenth celebration in Alton. He tells The Big Z there will be plenty to do, including free health screenings, food, entertainment, and fun for the kids including a petting zoo.

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The celebration will run from 11am to 5pm and is free to attend. He says there is plenty of parking available and invites the entire community to attend. The special guest speaker will be Illinois’ junior U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.