The oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery, the Juneteenth holiday dates back to June 19, 1865. On that date, a group of Union soldiers landed in Galviston, Texas with the news that the war was over and all slaves were now free. The Texas landing took place a full two and one-half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became official.
Saturday's activities included a parade, a talent show, a wing contest and proclamations to several residents by Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill and Dyersburg Mayor John Holden.
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