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ONTD_Political's PotD: June 22, 2010.


Juneteenth in Denver: Nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery.

Craig F. Walker |
The Denver Post



Members of the United Community Cheerleading Dragons perform during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO. The parade kicked off a daylong festival and celebration. The parade kicked off a daylong festival and celebration.  Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Texas origin in 1865, June 19th is observed as the African American Emancipation Day.   June 19, 1865 is the day slaves in Galveston, Texas received news that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier on January 1, 1863.



CPT Kevin Duncan of the Denver Fire Dept, greets April Charmaine, while driving a 1941 fire engine in the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points district, in Denver, CO. The parade kicked off a daylong festival and celebration.



Jesse Buckmon, left, leads the Syrian Temple 49 Barbarians down Welton Street during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points district, in Denver, CO. The parade kicked off a daylong festival and celebration.



Jamar Guyton comforts Venita Myres while marching with FAVA, Families Against Violent Acts, during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO. Guyton was best friends with Myres' son, Aubrey Johnson, who was shot to death in January.



Kanyia Rudd, 8, right, leads the Open Door Step Group during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO.



Jonas Felix leads the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO.



Clint Wallace of American Legion Post 29 watches  the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO. Wallace was part of the color guard that lead the parade. He explained that this year went better for him than last year, when he had a heart attack during the parade. He was proud to say that the flag he was carrying never touched the ground.



Jaden Russell, 2, covers an ear while watching the Juneteenth Parade, with his father Michael, in the historic Five Points district, in Denver, CO.



(L-R) Jane Johnson, 10, and her sister Abria, 7, march with FAVA, Families Against Violent Acts, during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO. Their father Aubrey Johnson, was shot to death in January.



Gabriel Buckmon, 5, plays with the Syrian Temple 49 Youth Drum & Flag Corps during the Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO.
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