White Plains celebrates African-American independence

White Plains hosted a celebration Saturday that commemorated the end of slavery in the United States.The second annual Junteenth parade brought marchers to the downtown area to celebrate African-American

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2006, 10:04 PM

Updated 6,615 days ago

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White Plains hosted a celebration Saturday that commemorated the end of slavery in the United States.The second annual Junteenth parade brought marchers to the downtown area to celebrate African-American independence. It was on June 19, 1865 that Union soldiers freed the last slaves in Galveston, Texas. The parade included moments that highlight African-American history, including when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man 50 years ago.
City Hall in White Plains provided support for the parade, which had a theme of an appreciation of cultural diversity. Organizers of the event say Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the contributions made by African Americans to the country.


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