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Musician NateNathan of Angels Camp performs a song for the crowd at the Turlock Juneteenth celebration (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

The Turlock community gathered at Donnelly Park on Friday for the city’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration, organized by local activist group Las Dalias. It was June 19, 1865, when Union army general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, which mandated all enslaved people be freed. The date became known as the official end to slavery in the United States and is celebrated annually as Juneteenth. Friday’s event in Turlock saw black-owned businesses celebrated, black history and arts put on display and black voices amplified and empowered through poetry and music. 

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Las Dalias member Riley Cade makes bags to sell during Friday’s Juneteenth celebration (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).
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Westside Ministries’ Center for Urban Performance and Service dance troupe perform a routine (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).
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XX Functional Fitness owner Alec Schmitt mingles with attendees as one of about 15 booths set up at the event (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).