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Celebrating Juneteenth

City leaders recognize the organizers of the annual Juneteenth celebration.
City leaders recognize the organizers of the annual Juneteenth celebration.

The Merced City Council this week issued a proclamation recognition the upcoming Juneteenth celebration on June 19. Members of the local chapter of the NAACP were on hand to accept the honor. Members said they will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church of Merced. Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. It’s also a day for uniting families and to appreciate the African American experience.

ALSO: A consortia of organizations will hold a celebration of the life for Joseph Edwards, starting at 9 a.m. at McNamara Park in Merced on June 19. The event is free to the public. Groups such as: Journey for Justice, Sierra Saving Grace, Coalition for Fair Housing, and others will share information about the homeless and injustice on this Juneteenth. Joseph Edwards was homeless when he saved the lives of four people whose auto plunged into Bear Creek in December 2010. For information call (209) 355 0591 or (209) 632 9696.

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