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Grambling gears up for Juneteenth heritage festival

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A full slate of activities are planned, beginning Thursday with the Juneteenth Pageant, according to Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus.

"Juneteenth is a celebration of the freed slaves," Andrus said. "When the slaves were freed by Abraham Lincoln, the word didn't get to the south until June 19."

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued Sept. 22, 1862 but went into effect Jan. 1, 1863. Southern slaves didn't learn of their freedom for nearly six months.

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