The Hancock County NAACP hosted their annual Juneteenth celebration this past Saturday, June 20 at Martin Luther King Park in Waveland.
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that the last Southern slaves learned of their emancipation - fully 2-1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law. It was only after Lee's surrender and the arrival of Union troops in Texas that this last population of enslaved people got the news.
The event featured art and music, speeches, concessions and face-painting, and a voter registration tent.
This year's event, held in the wake of nationwide and international Black Lives Matter protests, was particularly meaningful for everyone who attended.
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