Juneteenth celebrates 20 years in Tracy
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Juneteenth celebration
Good News Missionary Baptist Church choir director Edward King (right) moves to the beat of the music as the choir performs at the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday at Lincoln Park.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Tracy African American Association celebrated cultural heritage during the 20th annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday at Lincoln Park.

Juneteenth commemorates the day on June 19, 1865, when black slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that the Civil War had ended and they were free.

The Tracy African American Association was honored for sponsoring the city’s 20th Juneteenth celebration — with the theme “From Our Roots Come Greatness” — in a proclamation by Mayor Brent Ives.

Activities at the park included musical, spoken-word and dance performances and offerings by craft and art vendors and a variety of food booths around the park. The band Cradle of Sound headlined the entertainment.

The 2104 Wayne Nelson Scholarships were presented at the event to local high school graduates. The recipients are Zaniah Bradshaw and Arsema Hawarait from Kimball High, Eric Hawkins from Tracy High, Lydia Young from West High, Morgan Johnson from Millennium High and Courtney Perrilliot from Ripon Christian High.

 
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