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Worcester's African American and Juneteenth Festival 2012 on 23rd

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The 15th annual Willis Center's African American and Juneteenth Festival will be held at Institute Park, Worcester on Saturday, June 23 from 1:00 to 8:00 PM.

"Juneteenth" is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19,1865 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Each June, Worcester community members of all ages and backgrounds gather to celebrate African American culture and history. The free event offers seven hours of live music and dance performances, children's activities, and a history exhibit, community gathering and networking, vendors of all kinds, arts & crafts, information from local health, medical and nonprofit organizations, African and Caribbean foods, soul food, an ice cream truck and rides in a hot air balloon!

This year the world famous musicians, The Stylistics Review will guest along with other performers.

The Henry Lee Willis Community Center is the largest minority-based social and human services agency in Central Massachusetts. The Agency was founded in 1991 as a grassroots organization working to address the needs of the Greater Worcester community.

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