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Sioux City celebrates "Juneteenth"

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Community members in Sioux City flocked to Cook Park to recall an important moment in American History, June 19th, 1865, now referred to as Juneteenth.

This date came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas. It marks the day when all slaves were finally freed.

Now, this significant date is celebrated nationwide.

"I think why it's so important for Sioux City is because it is a part of American history. It's a part of Iowa history, and I think it's a part of black history. And, I think it's very important we know our history from all aspects," NAACP Sioux City Chapter President Flora Lee said.

Several non-profits set up booths to share information with the community.

And, a big part of Saturday;s celebrations included musical performances.

"For the African American community, songs, especially gospel songs is the root of our strength. We were slaves, our ancestors, in the fields, they would sing hopeful songs because they knew with their faith that there would be a day where we would be free," New Life in Christ Church Performer Monique Scarlett said.

Saturday's celebration was co-sponsored by the NAACP and Sioux City Human Rights Commission.

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