Hattiesburg hosts 27th Juneteenth celebration

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Many Hattiesburg residents are remembering a day that signifies the end of slavery.

It's called Juneteenth and the annual celebration began with a parade that left the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot for Vernon Dahmer Park.

Once there, folks gathered for food and other activities including a softball tournament. Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when slaves in south Texas learned of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

This was Hattiesburg's 27th Juneteenth celebration.

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