Juneteenth celebration a first in Tempe

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe History Museum will celebrate Juneteenth with music, poetry, soul food and more.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the state of Texas. Communication was not as instant in the 1800s as it is now.

With his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln freed this nation's slaves on January 1, 1863. June 19, 1865 is the date that news of the emancipation reached Texas. The day is celebrated throughout America to honor the African American heritage and to remember the lives of slaves.

The Tempe History Museum and the African American Advisory Committee will host a free Juneteenth celebration Friday, June 20, 6 p.m.8 p.m.

This family-friendly evening includes costumes of the era, a poetry slam, stepping, music, a skit, soul food and a recipe exchange and more.

Admission to the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, is always free. Call 480-350-5100 or visit www.tempe.gov/museum for more information.