Juneteenth returns to Alton today, as local residents celebrate the end of slavery. While slavery has been gone for many generations in the United States, Juneteenth is a commemoration of the message being delivered to the final group of slaves in Texas in June of 1865.
Local organizer of the Alton Freedom Celebration Joyce Elliott says this is the 20th official event for local residents and hopes everyone will come out and enjoy the day and learn something about one another:
The event today (Saturday) runs from 10am to 4pm at the James Killion Park at Salu and Washington and is free. There will also be a health fair with the mobile unit from Lewis and Clark Community College. Local vendors will be selling food, drink, jewelry and art during the event.