Victoria’s African American community celebrates Juneteenth

Today marks the oldest known holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America.

The Juneteenth celebration has come to an end at the Youth Sports Complex in Victoria, but several people said they will continue to celebrate this day throughout the week.

In Texas there were approximately 250,000 slaves but on June 19th, 1865 the Africa American’s were notified that they were free from slavery and since then this day has been celebrated to remember those who were freed that day.

In Victoria organizers want to continue this celebration to keep their ancestor’s memory alive by passing this information down to the younger generations.

At this moment many people are clearing out festivities but they are still keeping the memories alive.