Juneteenth is an African-American holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in Texas—and, more broadly, across the South—on June 19, 1865.
The Athens Land Trust marked the occasion with a celebration at its West Broad Farmers Market on Saturday morning, featuring speeches by Mokah Jasmine Johnson, Broderick Flanigan, Timothy Aaron Styles, Valarie Babb and Freda Giles; performances by Palms of Fire, the Hilsman Middle School step team, VIP Girls and the East Athens Dance Center troupe; an African fashion show, educational workshops and more.
Flagpole contributing photographer Austin Steele documented the scene:
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