‘Wonderful Tradition’

Juneteenth Celebration In Bridgewater Recalls End Of Slavery

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Posted: June 20, 2014

Mwizenge Tembo, a sociology professor at Bridgewater College, plays a drum during the Juneteenth celebration at Wildwood Park in Bridgewater on Thursday. Each year on June 19, festivals, parades and picnics are held nationwide to mark the June 19, 1865, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas. Texas was the last state to receive the order to end slavery. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Plenty of strawberry soda was available during Thursday's Juneteenth celebration at Bridgewater's Wildwood Park. No Juneteenth celebration is complete without strawberry soda.
Juneteenth participants grab help themselves to food during the picnic at Wildwood Park in Bridgewater on Thursday.

BRIDGEWATER — Although it harkens back to a darker era in the U.S., the mood at the Juneteenth celebration in Bridgewater on Thursday night was one of pure joy.

“Slavery was a sad time in our…

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