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WSAW: Wausau recognizes June 19 as Juneteenth
6/18/2020
 
WSAW Channel 7 Wausau

​By Tony Langfellow

June 19 is commonly recognized as “Juneteenth” in honor of the freedom of African American slaves back in 1865 and the City of Wausau is officially acknowledging June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth.

On June 9, Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg declared the day as Juneteenth to celebrate African American history and to help make Wausau more diverse....

...Although July 4 is recognized as Independence Day, Juneteenth symbolizes the freedom of all Americans, not just white Americans.

"Juneteenth, June 19 is really kind of the Independence Day for African Americans," UW-Stevens Point History Professor Lee Willis said. "Celebrating the fourth of July doesn't have the same meaning to all Americans and so Juneteenth is really kind of the real Independence Day for many Americans."

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