Juneteenth weekend celebration offers food, fun and art

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Posted on June 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - For those who are unfamiliar with Juneteenth, it's a celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the law on January 1, 1863. So why is the celebration in June?

Bridget Johnson, chairperson of the New Orleans Juneteenth Committee, Asali Devan Ecclesiastes, co-chair of the New Orleans Juneteenth Committee, and Marie Jose Poux, executive director of the Hope for Haitian Children Foundation, which is sponsoring an art booth at the festival, were in the studio on Wednesday to give us the answer.

The celebration starts Friday with the family reunion from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the New Orleans African American Museum on Governor Nicholls Street.

The Celebrating Freedom Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Congo Square in Armstrong Park.

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