Albuquerque celebrates Juneteenth with three-day festival – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-06-19 19:32:00 –

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – Hundreds of people at Civic Plaza are celebrating June 16th this weekend. Now a federal holiday, To commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The three-day celebration begins as the state begins to reopen.

“I’ve heard about Juneteenth forever, but many don’t really know what it is,” said Dr. Lisa Choice, a Juneteenth celebration vendor at this year’s Civic Plaza. Said. Dr. Choice says it’s a federal holiday and more people want to learn about its importance.

Historically, Juneteenth was the day in 1865 when General Union Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, informing him that his slaves had been released. “It was really a big cause of the celebration,” said Juneteenth Celebration vendor Gwen Samuels.

The three-day event will take place a year after Black Lives Matter supporters Taken to downtown Albuquerque streets demanding justice from George Floyd The day after the state announced in protest of police atrocities New Mexico will resume on July 1st.. Vendors say it affects the turnout of the event.

“Yesterday June 16th was astounding. So many people appeared,” Samuels said. “People were dancing, it was great, people were really happy to go out,” she said. Samuels says people want to take advantage of fun events to understand the history and culture behind their vacation.

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