City Will Celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday

From Times staff reports

Oxnard's 11th annual festivities for Juneteenth, an African American holiday celebrating freedom from slavery, will take place Saturday.

The public is invited to the day of gospel music by the Los Angeles Hope of Glory Christian Center Choir, African arts and crafts, games, a bike-a-thon, food and karaoke.

Juneteenth marks the day slaves in Texas learned that slavery had ended--news that reached them 2 1/2 years late.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that slaves had been freed, long after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863.

The Oxnard festivities will be at the park grounds of the Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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