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Friday, June 22, 2018

The City of Myrtle Beach celebrated its first-ever Juneteenth on Saturday, June 16.  The event was sponsored by the Neighborhood Services Department in Hayward Park’s Garden of Hope on Carver Street.  Our local Juneteenth featured a celebration of African-American history, including education, entertainment, music, food vendors and children’s activities.  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, Union Soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that slaves were free.  The announcement came two and a half years following President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  The annual celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and has become a time for reassurance, reflection and celebration.

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