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Columbia mayor declares Juneteenth Celebration Day

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece with Juneteenth proclamation
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Columbia Mayor Brian Treece holds a proclamation that makes Friday, June 19, 2020, Juneteenth Celebration Day in the city.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece proclaimed Friday to be Juneteenth Celebration Day in the city.

The City of Columbia announced the proclamation in a series of tweets that displayed the text of the proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Its roots are in the landing on June 19, 1865, of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas with news that slavery had ended.

The holiday has enjoyed an increased profile this year amid protests and national discussions about policing and the black community.

Several events were scheduled in Columbia on Friday to mark the holiday. Celebrations are planned at Karis Church and Douglass Park. University of Missouri Health Care workers have also organized a 6 p.m. solidarity walk from the campus to the Boone County Courthouse.

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Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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