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Thousands commemorate march during Knoxville’s largest Juneteenth celebration

Local organizations hosted the city's largest Juneteenth celebration in Caswell Park Friday evening.
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 8:48 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2020 at 3:41 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Black Lives Matter and Black Coffee Justice of Knoxville hosted its largest Juneteenth celebration in Caswell Park Friday evening.

Community members, politicians, and artists were present for the event that preceded a Black Lives Matter march. Black-owned restaurants and different organizations were invited to feed the community, help residents register to vote and fill out this year’s Census.

”I was hoping with the momentum of what we had on Friday, a few weeks ago, the youth leading those marches, and then just the different things that have happened in our community in the last several weeks, that people would come out and be a part of this action,” Constance Every, director of Black Coffee Justice, said.

Attendants marched several blocks along East Magnolia where they were escorted by different East Tennessee biker clubs.

Knoxville’s largest Juneteenth celebration underway at Caswell Park.

Posted by WVLT on Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, but it was not enforced in many places until months after the end of the Civil War in 1865.

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