La Crosse celebrates third annual 'Juneteenth'

Juneteenth celebration

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - It may be the middle of June, but members of our community are celebrating a different kind of Independence Day.

La Crosse's annual Juneteenth celebration was held at Poage Park and the South Side Community Center Sunday afternoon.

The event marks the anniversary of the last slaves being freed on June 19th, 1865.

Organizer Cecil Adams says it's a chance to celebrate La Crosse's long history of diversity and educate and empower the entire community.

"If you get your education, you get employed. Once you're employed, you become empowered," said Adams.

La Crosse's Juneteenth celebration has been held every year on Father's Day weekend for the past three years.

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