'Juneteenth' celebration a chance to learn about La Crosse's history

'Juneteenth' celebration this Sunday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Fourth of July is three weeks away, but we're much closer to a different kind of independence celebration.

The City of La Crosse will see its third annual 'Juneteenth' celebration this Sunday.

It celebrates the date the last slaves were freed on June 19th,1865.

For the past three years, La Crosse has held its own celebration in conjunction with Father's Day.

Organizers say while the day is often referred to as the 'African American Independence Day,' the event is a chance for people of all backgrounds to learn more about La Crosse's rich history.

"We want to educate the whole community. That's why it's a city-wide celebration, we want to make sure as many people, regardless of their nationality, hears, learns and gets a better understanding of the African-American culture," said the founder of the African American Mutual Assistance Network Cecil Adams.

This year's 'Juneteenth' celebration will have a theme of the three e's: employment, empowerment, and education.

It'll be held Sunday at Poage Park and the South Side Neighborhood Center on the corner of 6th and Hood Streets between noon and 5 p.m.

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