Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Juneteenth gala celebrates freedom.(Venue)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

Texas slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 didn't find out until June 19, 1865, when the Union Army announced the good news in Galveston. The word was 2 1/2 years late, but when it finally came, the Texas slaves threw a mighty big party. Over the years, the recurring celebration came to be known as Juneteenth.

Though it was once celebrated only in Texas, today about 200 cities celebrate Juneteenth with barbecues, picnics, performances and educational events.

Albuquerque has been on the Juneteenth bandwagon for 27 years, said Herb Edmon, one of the organizers of this year's party. This year's celebration was planned by the Juneteenth Committee, a group of black community leaders who have been holding the event consecutively. …

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