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Juneteenth Family Day in Galveston
As the city where Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1865, with the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the south, Galveston remains a touchstone for this important holiday. The city celebrates every year with a prayer breakfast, a concert, and a reading of the Proclamation at the Ashton Villa in town—the site, seen here, where the historic event first happened, and the birthplace of the first government-recognized holiday for African Americans in the U.S. There is also a parade, a wide variety of public and private events around town, and the annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth picnic, named after Galveston's first female African American police.
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