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Celebrating Juneteenth

Madison celebrated Juneteenth this year on June 17 with a variety of outdoor activities and festivities. The annual Juneteenth parade kicked off the day at Fountain of Life Covenant Church and wound its way to the SCF Labor Temple Grounds. As usual, the celebration featured tributes to music legends and historical figures. This year, Clyde Stubblefield and Al Jarreau were honored, and Wisconsin black political leaders were the focus of the heritage area. An array of local artists, presentations, displays and activities, cultural information, and food were also showcased, all in a festive, family-centered atmosphere. The Madison Juneteenth Day Celebration, which recognizes and honors June 19, 1865 as day General Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, to enforce the emancipation of all slaves in America, was established in 1990. Photos courtesy of Jonathan Gramling/The Capital City Hues. (For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email jason@ibmadison.com.)

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