Vicksburg residents celebrate Juneteenth with community

Published: Jun. 26, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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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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