Juneteenth flag flying over UW-La Crosse

The Juneteenth flag is flying at Veterans Memorial Field.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – UW-La Crosse officially recognized Juneteenth by raising the holiday’s flag on Friday.

Juneteenth, on June 19th, commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans were told they were freed in 1865 after the end of the Civil War.

The commemorative flag is at the entrance of Veterans Memorial Field.

Local leaders say this is an exciting event for the community, especially because of the holiday being federally recognized for the first time on Thursday.

Jazzma Holland, the Assistant Director of Upward Bound at UW-La Crosse said, “it’s something that a lot of people are thankful and grateful for. I think it shows a big statement too, as a statement of support for the black community that’s here, not only at UW-L but also in the La Crosse community.”

There is a community Juneteenth celebration happening Saturday at Riverside Park in La Crosse.

The event will feature performances from local talent, a scholarship presentation, as well as music, dancing, and food.

The celebration begins at noon and runs until 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.blacklax.org/copy-of-juneteenth-day-2020.