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About The PJPF
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  It was on June 19th, 1865 (two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect) that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The celebration carries the connotation that until we’re all free, none of us are free.

The Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival, started by the Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative, is a huge annual celebration attended by thousands where we join together to have fun, embrace our history and continue the tradition of Kujichagulia (self-determination).

Photo Credit: Kait Moore

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