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Gallery: Scenes from Tulsa's Juneteenth celebration Friday
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Gallery: Scenes from Tulsa's Juneteenth celebration Friday

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Tulsa’s Juneteenth celebration took place Friday in the Greenwood District.

Juneteeth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, when Union troops at the end of the Civil War reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to inform African-Americans there of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued two years before.

Activist and politician the Rev. Al Sharpton made the 7 p.m. keynote address at Tulsa's Juneteenth celebration. The Original Lakeside Band and American gospel musician Le’Andrea Johnson were among entertainers.

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