FARGO, N.D. – Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2020, but it has been long recognized as the day that enslaved people of African descent in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation.

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Fargo for the 5th annual celebration of Juneteenth.

Event MC Troy Lee says that getting to see this celebration in Fargo is amazing.

“We got people out here from ages 5-years-old, 8 months, all the way up to 80, 95-years-old. It’s good being able to have a chance to come out here and celebrate freedom, pride, jubilee, as well as being able to come together.”

“We’ve got families coming here from all different races, different backgrounds from all over the country and all over the world, to come to Fargo of all places and celebrate Juneteenth.”

“Uplifting is a short term feeling, but to feel empowered, that’s long lasting, and that’s what we want. That’s what we want.”

Chanel is a local music artist who sang at the event.

She said the experience of performing at the celebration was amazing.

“Being here in this event, it’s really touching because of the history and everything. It was truly amazing.”

She said that the celebration of Juneteenth means a lot to her.

“Even with everything that colored people went through back in the day, we are still getting backlash with having our own month, and now having our own day. Just being here, it shows that we’ve come a long way and our voices will be heard.”