Juneteenth celebration to take place in Brewer

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BREWER, Maine. (WABI) - Tuesday, June 19th, folks will gather to remember the freeing of US slaves more than 150 years ago.

The 13th annual "Juneteenth" celebration will take place in Brewer at the Joshua Chamberlain Freedom Park at noon.

According to organizers with the Maine Human Rights Coalition it's to remind people to reflect on the suffering of those in the past, and present.

Juneteenth celebrates Union Soldiers arriving in Texas with the news the Civil War was over and people who were slaves were free.

"It's going to consist of the Mayor of Brewer who is going to present a proclamation. 13th time they are doing it, for this special day and get your energy and batteries recharged and go out and make a difference."

Juneteenth is also known as freedom day or Emancipation Day.