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Lincoln celebrates Juneteenth at Trago Park

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By: Jenn Schanz

Singing, dancing, and lots of praise.

That's how Lincoln paid tribute to it's African American heritage for the Juneteenth community celebration.

Put on by the Malone Community Center, the celebration honors the Emancipation Proclamation, which finally ended slavery in the U.S.

Nearly 150 years later, the Proclamation's significance is clear.

"1865 that's a very, very important year in the history of our country. So it's important for us to take some time, recognize and remember what our country's been through and where we're at right now," says Larry Williams, Executive Director of the Malone Community Center.

The event had live performances, food, games for kids, and a social services tent.

Members of UNL's Delta Sigma Theta sorority Raven Hayes and Tara Bates attended the event to help raise awareness for a holiday they say, needs even more recognition.

"To know your history is important, we need to make Juneteenth bigger so the more people that come out and support and then next year it can be even bigger and better. We're creating awareness throughout our community so everyone knows everything's going on and definitely know our history," says Hayes.

Among the event's special guests was Mayor Chris Beutler, who spoke about the importance to remembering the historic day, and also pushed to promote diversity within city government.

"It's important for us to be integrated and content with and feeling comfortable with a diverse society, starting with our own," Mayor Beutler says.

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