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ITHACA, NY – Many people might think that Juneteenth commemorates the moment that  Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery in the U.S.  But actually, even though President Lincoln gave his landmark proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that the message was received in Galveston, Texas, and the last group of slaves were finally liberated. Thus, Juneteenth commemorates that profound moment when we as a nation could celebrate the emancipation of African Americans from slavery.

This year’s Juneteenth festival has something for everyone. As always, there will be food vendors and informational booths from local businesses and non-profit community organizations.

We are also planning to have a slew of outdoor activities, including pony rides, a bounce castle, face painting, and live entertainment.

Meanwhile, indoors we will be holding some free workshops, including creative approaches to new product invention, intellectual property protectionstarting a business with no money down and financial literacy. So whether you are looking for some family fun, or some professional development, come on down and we will show you a great time!

Location: Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca, NY  14850

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.