The Hardin County Branch NAACP is hosting its sixth annual celebration of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the emancipation of the enslaved African Americans in the United States.

Juneteenth is a federal holiday that recognizes the Emancipation Proclamation that went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, enslaved people of color in Texas did not receive the word they were free until Gen. Gordon Granger arrived with the Union Army to inform them of their freedom 2½ years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln.

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