Juneteenth celebration back in Anchorage
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.