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Juneteenth celebrated in Sioux City Saturday
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Juneteenth celebrated in Sioux City Saturday

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Juneteenth 2017

Shalaune Williams, a Texas resident originally from Sioux City, sings during Saturday's Juneteenth celebration. The event celebrates the June 19, 1865 abolition of slavery in Texas. 

SIOUX CITY | Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery in the southern United States, was celebrated Saturday in Sioux City. 

The celebration, known also as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, originated with the June 19, 1865 announcement by the Union Army in Galveston, Texas, that all enslaved people in the South were free from slavery. 

Saturday's celebration, originally slated to take place in Cook Park from 12 to 4 p.m., had to be moved inside the nearby Girls Inc. building because of rain. The event featured food as well as music. 

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