Vicksburg residents celebrate Juneteenth with community
VICKSBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - Hundreds of people gathered in Vicksburg to celebrate and be a part of the Juneteenth Heritage Festival.
In 1863 under the Emancipation Proclamation, all slaves became free.
However, not everyone got that message.
June 19, 1865, is when African-Americans who were still being used as slaves in Texas were finally made aware of their freedom.
Earlier this month, lawmakers in the Nation’s Capital voted to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
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