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Juneteenth Celebration

NBC26 Staff

Juneteenth Celebration

CREATED Jun. 23, 2013

APPLETON, WI - The city of Appleton celebrating Juneteenth today.  

Juneteenth is the observance of the African America emancipation day.  It's celebrated in 42 states including Wisconsin.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the signing.  In Appleton, there was live music and a children's village for kids to take part in storytelling, arts and crafts and much more.

Idowu Olaoye of the African Heritage Society says the purpose of the event is "to celebrate the African heritage, to celebrate freedom for everybody to bring us all together and make us all united and for us to be a strong community as a whole."

The proceeds of the Juneteenth celebration will support scholarships for high school and college students currently enrolled in  Wisconsin schools.