The Juneteenth holiday has its roots in the freeing of the slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The day became an annual day of thanksgiving, and since then Arkansas has joined in with other states in memorializing emancipation by setting the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth Independence Day. While the Crossett Juneteenth committee hosted a parade, the full celebration for 2020 has tentatively been moved to the fall in the hope that COVID-19 distancing guidelines will not have to be as strict as they are at present. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

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