Alton Residents will commemorate the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States Saturday at James Killion Park at Salu and Washington during the annual Juneteenth celebration. While slavery has been gone for many 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.
Abe Barham is the co-Chairperson of the local Juneteenth celebration committee. He says they are holding an event to jumpstart the celebration on Thursday night.
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Saturday's program will run from 10am to 5 pm and is free. Barham says it will be highlighted by an appearance by Secretary of State Jesse White and performances by several groups. He adds that there will be a free health fair in conjunction with the event and that local vendors will be present selling food, drink, jewelry and art.