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Juneteenth Celebrations Underway in Evansville

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As we approach the celebration of Juneteenth next weekend, the Evansville chapter of the NAACP hosted a virtual town hall on issues facing the African American community Saturday.   

During the town hall, which celebrated PRIDE month as well as Juneteenth, Evansville African American Museum executive director Kori Miller said that the Juneteenth commemoration gives the rest of the nation the chance to learn more about the culture and accomplishments of African Americans in the U.S.

“We’re trying to promote things that people have not been accustomed to hearing, such as June is African American Music Month," Miller said, "I haven’t heard anyone mention that and actually, it’s kind of new to me even though I’m a musician.”

Juneteenth celebrates June 19th, 1865, which is celebrated as the final abolition of slavery in the U.S.  In Evansville, it will be celebrated with several events, including the second annual Juneteenth celebration on Evansville’s South Side and a large gathering at Bosse Field on Saturday.  Details are available on the Evansville NAACP and Evansville African American Museum Facebook pages.   

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