Celebrating Juneteenth at the Rosa Parks Museum

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd

Miss Juneteenth and her court wave to the crowd

The event featured food as well as music.

"This is the best church I've been to, and this is the best thing I have ever seen" nine-year old Jordan Smith said.

It's an annual commemoration dedicated to freedom; a celebration for freedoms already won in the knowledge that for all people of all colors to be truly free, the struggle must continue.

DRESSED FOR A NIGHT of enjoyment at Saturday's Juneteenth Family and Friends celebration at the Senior Center were, standing from left, Melanie McMahan, Carol West and Terrial Johnson.

Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. "God basically spared all of us to be able to do this". "We know that we have to have that reinforcement, that visual image to stop those things from happening in the future", says Cliff Patton. This was Cleveland's first celebration of a significant date in African/American history.

Juneteenth's lineup of live entertainment included the Oxnard High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Fundi Legohn.

Folks from all over the area came out to celebrate that joyous day.

Church leaders say they're already looking forward to next year's celebration.

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