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Library’s June Family Fair activities celebrate Emancipation Proclamation

Library’s June Family Fair activities celebrate Emancipation Proclamation
June 24, 2014
Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., will host its 12th annual June Family Fair, a Juneteenth celebration, on Saturday, June 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m. The day will feature music, refreshments and family activities. The event is free for all ages, and is sponsored by the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends of Omaha Public Library.

Join us after the Juneteenth Parade for the Juneteenth flag-raising, followed by the passing of the lantern award and the June Family Fair. Enjoy bounce houses, a climbing wall, balloon artists, face painting, clowns, refreshments, music, light Zumba exercise, and entertainment by the Old Skool Drill Team. Area nonprofit organizations will be present with information about local resources.

“Libraries build strong communities,” said Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh, Charles B. Washington Branch manager. “The annual Family Fair is a way to highlight the incredible resources available right here in our own neighborhood!”

Juneteenth originated in 1865 and observes June 19 as African American Emancipation Day, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Omaha Public Library’s June Family Fair emphasizes freedom, education and achievement, and promotes the rich history of the Omaha community.

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