13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration held at Phoenix Park

(WEAU) - Wednesday, people took some time out to join in a worldwide celebration of the freeing of the slaves following the civil war.

It was the 13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Phoenix Park. Juneteenth marks the day union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas to spread the word that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free.

Associated Professor of History at UW-Eau Claire Selika Duckworth-Lawton told us "it's important for us to understand that we have to fight for our freedom and that racial justice and racial unity makes our country strong. We are unique in that citizenship does not fall on people's shoulders based on their race in the United States."

The event included a speech by an equity, diversity and inclusivity fellow from UW-Eau Claire.

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