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Juneteenth event makes a splash at Applegate park

Mercedians made their way out to Applegate Park during a weekend of events to celebrate Juneteenth before the official holiday was held this week on Wednesday, June 19.
The community event — made possible by Positive Brothers United and the Merced Branch of the NAACP — featured local vendors and artists, games for the kids, a fun and informative puppet show, and a giant water spout provided by the Merced Fire Department.

“Juneteenth is for everyone, not just for black people,” said Allen Brooks, the NAACP president. “It’s for everyone to come celebrate this wonderful event that happened in America.”

The federal holiday, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It marks the moment when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the farthest corners of the Confederacy, liberating those who had been unjustly held in bondage.
The theme of this year’s local observance was: “Their Wildest Dreams.”

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