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Posted on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 5:02 a.m.

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday in Ann Arbor

By Staff

Juneteenth, the annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America, comes to Ann Arbor's Wheeler Park on Saturday, June 15.

The local chapter of the NAACP sponsors the event, which takes place from noon-6 p.m. at the park, on the corner of North Fourth Avenue and Summit Street.

Food, vendors, entertainment, a cake walk, and children's activities are all part of the celebration.

As explained on the NAACP website, "Juneteenth is the name given to the celebration by enslaved Africans in Texas and the southwest when they were told of their freedom on June 19, 1865—nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation already freed them."

The celebration is free and open to the public.