MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Juneteenth celebrations were held Saturday at the North Mississippi Regional Park.

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There were bands, food and many other family-friendly activities.

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The Juneteenth Festival is in remembrance of the events of June 19, 1865, when word reached Texas that slavery has ended – nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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At Saturday’s event, there was an exhibit that showcased the dangers slaves faced as they sought their freedom.