6/15/2013 (Updated 11:14:04 PM)BINGHAMTON -- Dozens celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.
Saturday was Juneteenth-- a holiday that commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the United States in 1865. The celebration lasted all afternoon at Columbus Park on Carroll Street.
Mayor Matt Ryan and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo were both guest speakers at the event. People came to enjoy food, music, and learn more about the history of Juneteenth.
"This is a great opportunity to learn about our history, but also to celebrate each other and celebrate the diversity and all the good things that we bring to this community and it's a great time, but at the same time neighbors get to know each other," said City Councilwoman Lea Webb.
Lea Webb says that most attribute the end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, but it wasn't until June 19th 1865 that the last slaves were freed in Galveston Texas.
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