The Fairview Lions Park hosted Juneteenth in Anchorage Saturday.

The name and date recognize when slaves in Texas discovered they were free in June of 1865, a month after the Civil War ended and more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Event organizer Jasmin Smith said she remembers attending Juneteenth in Anchorage as a child and happy it’s back now that she’s an adult.

“We’ve always done Juneteenth in Alaska,” Smith said. “We stopped doing it for a couple of years, so this year myself, a really awesome Committee and the University of Alaska Anchorage decided to collaborate — decided ti bring the festival back to Anchorage because we wanted our kids to celebrate too.”

Juneteenth goes back more than 100 years.

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