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Photos: Juneteenth celebration in Renton

Photos: Juneteenth celebration in Renton
Photos: Juneteenth celebration in Renton



Photos: Juneteenth celebration in Renton







Renton’s Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15 in Liberty Park brought together local Black businesses, Black artists and the entire community to celebrate the newly designated national holiday. Juneteenth takes place every year on June 19 and is often described as the second Independence Day of the United States.

This is the history of Juneteenth, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

“Although the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederacy control. As a result, enslaved people in the westernmost Southern state of Texas would not be free until much later.

“Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when approximately 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The military announced that the state’s more than 250,000 enslaved black people were free by executive order. This day became known as ‘Juneteenth’ by the newly liberated people of Texas.

La Manda J. Davis holds her book “Surprise!  It's just peeing!”  - a children's book about raising a cat.  Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound PublishingLa Manda J. Davis holds her book “Surprise!  It's just peeing!”  - a children's book about raising a cat.  Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

La Manda J. Davis holds her book “Surprise! It’s just peeing!” – a children’s book about raising a cat. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

Volunteers soak up the sun during Renton's Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound PublishingVolunteers soak up the sun during Renton's Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

Volunteers soak up the sun during Renton’s Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

Local musician Elijah The Great performs at Renton's Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound PublishingLocal musician Elijah The Great performs at Renton's Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing

Local musician Elijah The Great performs at Renton’s Juneteenth Celebration 2024. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing