Juneteenth holiday marked with re-enactment in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- People across Texas celebrated Juneteenth on Tuesday. The abolishment of slavery was announced in the Lone Star State on this day back in 1865.

In Galveston, a re-enactment of the reading of the proclamation took place.

The event was celebrated this week with parades, festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, and concerts.

Juneteenth became a state holiday in 1979. The bill passed that year also commissioned Juneteenth statues in Galveston and at the state capitol in Austin.
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