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Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Jun. 19, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. A new holiday was “really...

Californians fete Juneteenth with street parades, festivals

Jun. 19, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For 20 years, Sacramento’s Black community has organized a Juneteenth festival to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration features a parade, talent show, food and health fair, and even a golf tournament. It’s a...

Juneteenth Nevada lawmaker, sponsor see justice in holiday

Jun. 19, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, memorializing the end of slavery in the United States. In Nevada, the date has been observed for a decade. “We should know the true history of America,” said former Nevada Assemblyman Harvey Munford, now...

Football, YMCA volunteer charged with underage sex

Jun. 19, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A volunteer football coach and YMCA youth advocate has been charged with child rape and sex trafficking, officials said. Kharee Louis-Jeune, 33, of Brockton, faces charges including child rape, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and...

Town that was a center of slave trade unveiling marker

Jun. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town that was a center of the transatlantic slave trade is commemorating Juneteenth by unveiling a new marker recognizing its role in slavery. Officials on Saturday were placing the first of two planned slavery markers in town at the...

Burlington holds first official Juneteenth celebration

Jun. 19, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is holding its first official Juneteenth celebration this weekend, commemorating the end of slavery. Live performances, food, and activities will be offered all weekend, WPTZ-TV reports. The...

Massachusetts marks 1st celebration of Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some of Massachusetts top political leaders gathered with activists and local residents Friday to celebrate the country’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston acting Mayor Kim...

11 U.S. mayors commit to develop reparations pilot projects

Jun. 18, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program...

EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.” President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or...

Land from former slave market donated to US park service

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The National Park Service on Friday accepted a Mississippi city's donation of land at a site that was once one of the largest slave markets in the United States. The federal agency eventually will develop exhibits that tell the history of Forks of...