WEST PHILADELPHIA - Sunday saw early celebrations around the Delaware Valley for a day enshrined in United States history.
June 19th, or Juneteenth, marks when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were free.Just two years ago, the day was officially recognized as a federal holiday.
And, this year, Philadelphia kicked off the Juneteenth festivities a day early, with the annual parade."Juneteenth is a day where you get to spend time with all your family and you’ll have good times!" 5th grader Lashae DeJesus exclaimed.So many people of all ages and races came to rejoice and celebrate Juneteenth, a day that marks the official end of slavery.A day 81-year-old Leona Burnett never thought she’d see. "I’m so happy to be here!
I’m glad that they finally, finally, finally got this day together that we can celebrate!"Until recently, many people weren’t quite sure of the day’s historical significance.RELATED HEADLINES:"When I was younger, I didn’t know anything about Juneteenth.