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A weekend of Juneteenth celebrations

Mia Smith Chafer, who is Miss Federated Women’s Club, smiles after riding in the Juneteenth Parade on Evans Avenue, Friday, June 17, 2016.
Mia Smith Chafer, who is Miss Federated Women’s Club, smiles after riding in the Juneteenth Parade on Evans Avenue, Friday, June 17, 2016. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Juneteenth festivities in Fort Worth started Friday with a program at noon at City Hall and a parade on Evans Avenue in the evening.

The city of Fort Worth celebrated Juneteenth, Emancipation Day in Texas, with a program at City Hall on Friday, June 17, 2016. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

The observance continues Saturday with the free Juneteenth Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Cobb Park. A 5K/1 mile walk-run begins at 7 a.m.

On Sunday, which is actually Juneteenth, the Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant is at 6:30 p.m. at Martin Hall at Texas Wesleyan University.

Juneteenth celebrates the arrival of a Union general in Galveston on June 19, 1865, with the news that the Civil War was over and slaves had been freed.

Fort Worth celebrates Juneteenth, the day Texas slaves learned they were freed, with a parade on Evans Avenue. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)

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