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Kickoff for Juneteenth in Corpus Christi

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
Local dignitaries and members of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People met at Solomon Coles Special Emphasis School Monday morning to kick off the 2014 Juneteenth remembrance.

Dr. Gloria Scott, NAACP President Terry Mills and several other officials met at Coles to talk about the importance of Juneteenth, which marks the day that Texans found out that slavery had been brought to an end.

It was back on June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers made their way to Galveston, where they brought the news that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed and became official on January 1, 1863. It took two and a half years for the news to reach Texas, there are several different versions to the story as to why it took so long for the news.

The local Chapter of the NAACP will be holding a public Juneteenth Celebration event on Saturday June 14th from 12Noon to 7:00 PM celebration will be taking place at the South Bluff Park 500 Tancahua. Call 361-548-9489 for more information.