WF celebrates 14th annual Juneteenth Bash

Juneteenth celebration preparations

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - June 19 celebrates the end of slavery in the US.

Wichita Falls’ Juneteenth Celebration is now in its 14th year and is something the community looks forward to each year. This year it included a rally with community leaders and water fight at Spudder Park.

Juneteenth attendee Jimmy Turner says it’s nice to have everyone come together as a family.

Juneteenth is the oldest recognition of the ending of slavery. A day of both joy and pain.

Thursday afternoon, Sen. John Cornyn announced he would introduce bipartisan legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

“Hopefully that will happen, and a lot more people are becoming more aware of it,” said Washington-Pope.

Chappell, who co-sponsors the 2020 Juneteenth Bash, says this year she has seen a tremendous amount of help and support from the community for this event and received supplies from the earlier protest and community leaders.

“It’s time we have people from each nationality or culture at this time we have people trying to step up to show support for black people. We want everyone to come out and show support and love cause that’s what it’s about,” said Chappell.

“I hope that we can continue to go each year with people of all cultures,” said Washington-Pope.

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