Omaha Celebrates Juneteenth

By: M.H. Denker Email
By: M.H. Denker Email

A popular north Omaha tradition was held on Saturday with the Juneteenth parade, the culmination of more than a week of events commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

The parade route along North 30th Street from Lake to Sprague featured music and dancing.

It was June 19, 1865 that Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news the Civil War had ended and that slaves were now free. This was the first time slaves in the Lone Star State had learned of their freedom, two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

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