Constructing Hope’s 1st Annual participation in the Annual Juneteenth Parade

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On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, with news that slavery had been abolished, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months following General Lee’s surrender. Juneteenth – celebrated in communities across the country – will this year mark the 149th anniversary of this final end to slavery in the United States.