SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Community members gathered in Springfield today, June 16, to commemorate the end of slavery in the country.
The Empower Our Community event was held today to celebrate Juneteenth - the oldest national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
On June 19 in 1865, soldiers arrived in Texas with the news that the war had ended and that slaves were free.
Empower Our Community was comprised of a block party with live music, dance groups, art projects, readings, food and community booths.
"Every year, every year since then this has been a celebration in honor of the slaves in Texas being freed on that day, June 19, 1865," Delilah Jackson, mistress of the ceremony said.
The NAACP will also recognize their annual scholarship winners today.
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