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June 16, 2012

Sixth annual Juneteenth observed at riverfront

Juneteenth remembers 147-year-old event

CLINTON — Residents gathered for a night of celebration of freedom and fun on Friday in observance of June 19, 1865, the date when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas.

The event featuring games, dancing and entertainment marked the sixth celebration in Clinton, 22nd year in Iowa, and the 147th national observance of June 19th as a date in United States history that unites all citizens with the blessings of freedom and self-determination, said event organizer Tiffany Harris.  

“Juneteenth is celebrated to highlight, promote and encourage cooperative relations among all cultural communities, celebrating freedom and equal rights in the United States,” Harris said.

Area residents enjoyed games and entertainment at the Riverview Park Band Shell, following a short program including a blessing and a reading of the famous proclamation.

Harris, who is also a Zumba instructor at the Ericksen Community Center, got the group up and moving with a Zumba demonstration before the night was capped off with an outdoor showing of “Daddy Day Care” courtesy of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Leadership Institute class.

The group raised money to purchase the equipment for the “Friday Family Flicks.”

Sponsors for the event were Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, ASAC, Ericksen Center, James and Juanita Byrns, 1st Gateway Credit Union, James F. Voss, Darling Industries, The Insurance Group, Bridgepoint Education Inc. (Ashford) and Nelson Corp.

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