Boston celebrates Juneteenth with inaugural parade in Roxbury

TODAY. >> ONE OF THE CELEBRATIONS WAS HERE IN ROXBURY WITH A PARADE AND YOU CAN SEE DESPITE THE PARADE ENDING A LITTLE WITH TEXT LITTLE — A LITTLE BIT AGO, PEOPLE ARE STILL CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY. COLD TEMPERATURES DID NOT COOL PEOPLES INTEREST IN THIS YEAR’S JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS. WITH REMEMBRANCE EVENTS TAKING PLACE ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS. >> IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME. >> POSTEN’S JUNETEENTH COMMITTEE TAKING THEIR CELEBRATION TO THE STREETS OF BOSTON. HAVING A PARADE OMFR NUBIAN SQUARE TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR AFRO-AMERICAN ARTISTS. >> WE REVERENCE THAT DAY. >> 13 — VETERANS EMPRESS APPESND ENTERTAINED BY ACTIVITIES. JUNE 19 WAS THE LAST DAY SLAS WERE TOLD THEY WERE FREE. THAT HAPPENED TWO YEARS AFTER THE EMANCIPAONTI PROCLAMATION WAS SIGNED DESPITE HAPPENING MORE THAN 150 YEARS AGO. ITAS W NOT RECOGNIZED AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY UNTIL LAST YEAR. >> I AM THANKFUL THAT NOW THE NATION IS RECOGNINGZI JUNE 19 AND THAT IT HAS BECOME SIGNIFICANT. >> UNFORTUNATE TOOSOK LONG. I’M GRATEFUL FOR THE RECOGNITION. >> BECAUSE THE HOLIDAY FELL ON A SUNDAY THIS YEAR, IT WILL BE OFFICIAL

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Boston celebrates Juneteenth with inaugural parade in city’s Roxbury neighborhood

Cool temperatures in Massachusetts did not cool people’s interest in this year’s Juneteenth celebrations, including the city of Boston’s inaugural Juneteenth parade.The parade, which was hosted by the Boston Juneteenth Committee on Sunday, started in Nubian Square and finished at the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists on Walnut Street.”It means the world to me,” said Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith, chair of the Boston Juneteenth Committee. “It doesn’t matter what day the 19th of June falls on, we reverence that day.”After the parade, more festivities were held outside the Museum of the NCAAA.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.Despite happening more than 150 years ago, Juneteenth was not recognized as an official federal holiday until last year.”I’m thankful that now the nation is recognizing June 19 and that it has become significant,” said Joe Zellner, a reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A.”It’s unfortunate that it took so long, but I’m just grateful for the recognition,” said Stacy Botus.Because Juneteenth fell on a Sunday this year, the federal holiday will be recognized on Monday.

Cool temperatures in Massachusetts did not cool people’s interest in this year’s Juneteenth celebrations, including the city of Boston’s inaugural Juneteenth parade.

The parade, which was hosted by the Boston Juneteenth Committee on Sunday, started in Nubian Square and finished at the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists on Walnut Street.

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“It means the world to me,” said Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith, chair of the Boston Juneteenth Committee. “It doesn’t matter what day the 19th of June falls on, we reverence that day.”

After the parade, more festivities were held outside the Museum of the NCAAA.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.

Despite happening more than 150 years ago, Juneteenth was not recognized as an official federal holiday until last year.

“I’m thankful that now the nation is recognizing June 19 and that it has become significant,” said Joe Zellner, a reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company A.

“It’s unfortunate that it took so long, but I’m just grateful for the recognition,” said Stacy Botus.

Because Juneteenth fell on a Sunday this year, the federal holiday will be recognized on Monday.

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