Juneteenth celebrations take place across Connecticut

Juneteenth celebrations take place across Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – Today is Juneteenth!

This is the third year June 19 is a federally recognized holiday in the United States.

Many celebrations took place across the state today.

Inside the Connecticut State capitol, a vibrant performance came to life all in honor of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

“My ancestors were one of the last people to hear about the emancipation proclamation. So, I think this really highlights the strength we upheld and the spirit we maintain through these trying times,” Charles Taylor, Saxophonist.

The Juneteenth flag was raised above the state capitol.

“I feel that our country is changing for the better,” said Ben Haith, Norwich.

Haith, an activist and Norwich resident, designed the Juneteenth flag.

“I believe that the flag represents ancestry. It’s a holiday and celebration, but it’s about the people who helped to make our country what it is,” Haith said.

In Middletown, drummers filled Main Street for the annual Liberation Day parade.

“It’s part of our heritage and I want to teach my little man here that you should be proud to be black,” said Ronald Harris, Meriden.

In Rocky Hill, it’s the town’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration.

“I’m of the belief that through education, we can dispel ignorance and racism,” said Jayden Osei-Tutu, Rocky Hill.

The event featured vendors, food, and many talented performances.

“I just hope that I was able to inspire and motivate and encourage people to continue to have hope and belief. Because without those two things, we’ve got nothing but with it, we can do everything,” said Jameka Jefferies, keynote speaker and real estate broker.

“Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, freedom for everyone but specifically for us because we’ve won many battles, but the war is still raging on,” said Ebbe Bassey, Author.

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