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Juneteenth Celebration to Take Place on Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) is proud to partner with the Black Legacy Association of Cedar Rapids to present the 2013 Juneteenth Celebration.  Juneteenth will take place Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the New Bo City Market Outdoor Stage, located at 1100 3rd St. SE in Cedar Rapids, IA.  The event is free and open to the public. 

This year’s Juneteenth Celebration includes live music from the Eric Thompson Jazz Band, Living Waters Kingdom Church, Joe Coutuer Jazz Sax, the Bethel AME Church Youth Choir, and Charism.  The event will also include information about the historical background of Juneteenth, a proclamation from the City of Cedar Rapids, and comments from community leaders.  The event will also honor the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America. This cultural holiday is as equally important as Independence Day by marking an end to an historical period of oppression, leading to the beginnings of a new life for our nation’s African American population. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863, freed slaves in areas covered by the Union army. Unfortunately, in many isolated areas, owners kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Galveston, Texas. Since that day 145 years ago, Juneteenth has been celebrated in America.

For more information on this or other programs, please visit the AAMI website at or call 319-862-2101 ext. 223.  The AAMI is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located at 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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