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Eastern Iowa residents celebrate Juneteenth

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Saturday evening residents of Dubuque celebrated Juneteeth. Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 2865, a day that commemorates the announcement of the ending of slavery in the United States in the state of Texas. To celebrate Juneteenth the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque held a gathering at Comiskey Park. People were invited to dance, get their faces painted and much more all in celebration of Juneteenth.

Dana Livingston is with the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center. He says the celebration is a great way to kick off the summer and nice weather.

"We get to come out on such an important national holiday. We get to all get together and celebrate it together. I think that it is a great start to summer. I think that is important in Dubuque right now, to get outside and celebrate this wonderful event but also springtime." Livingston said.

The evening concluded with a freedom march around Comiskey Park that all were invited to participate in.

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