For three decades Sandra Simms has celebrated Juneteenth in Hawaii with her family. The first event she remembers attending in the early 1990s was an informal potluck-style gathering at Neal S. Blaisdell Park in Aiea. Since then the locations and events may have changed, but one thing has remained: Community members came together to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers told enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom.
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