Colorado Springs festival celebrates anniversary of Juneteenth

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Saturday, the African American Voice newspaper hosted the Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival at the Hillside Community Center in Colorado Springs.

According to James Tucker, the state director for Juneteenth, there are 45 states that celebrate the anniversary as a holiday or day of observance.

Tucker said it’s a special day for the community to come together.

“This is a day to promote awareness about Juneteenth and what it means to America,” Tucker said. “So that’s why we’re here, to honor our ancestors and recognize and share information about Juneteenth.”

The event was free and open to the public.

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