Charlottesville Celebrates Juneteenth

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

Saturday marked the 6th Annual Juneteenth celebration at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery, dating back to 1865.

Residents gathered to celebrate freedoms and pay respects to their different heritages and cultures.

This year's celebration included a "spirited softball tournament" and focused on many great advances by African-Americans in baseball.

"Because without our ancestors and what they did in baseball, there wouldn't ever have been a breakthrough for the future generations such as myself and others," said Gary Spry, owner of Spry's BBQ.

The two-day event featured food, arts & crafts, in-depth accounts of the transition from slavery, and a variety of entertaining speakers and groups all hoping to remind guests of the history of the occasion.

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