Juneteenth Celebrates American Pride

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

June 23, 2013 Updated Jun 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Hundreds of people headed to the Weisser Park Youth Center this weekend for the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth is also known as “Emancipation Day,” a day in 1865 where the last of the slaves in Texas found out they were free.

Celebrations for Juneteenth take place in 42 states across the country, and this was Fort Wayne’s ninth year holding the festival.

There were live bands, a three-on-three basketball tournament, free food, and plenty of activities for children.

The festival organizer says this day is really about American pride.

“[It’s a] significant an event in American history that all people here are truly free and we're here to celebrate people and humanity in general,” said Zynette Paig.

The celebration also doubled as an anniversary party, as the Weisser Park Youth Center has been open now for 15 years.

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