Alton Residents will commemorate the anniversary of end of slavery in the United States Saturday at James Killion Park at Salu during the annual Juneteenth celebration. While slavery has been gone for generations in the United States, Juneteenth is a commemoration of the message of the end of slavery being delivered to the final group of slaves in Texas in June of 1865.

Marquitta Raffler is a local organizer of the Juneteenth celebration in Alton. She tells The Big Z the day will be filled with activities.

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The program will run from 10am to 5pm and is free to attend. In addition to the speakers and music there will also be a health fair, as well as many craft and food vendors.

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