Take a hike: Celebrate end of slavery

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BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a national celebration of the end of slavery by attending the Juneteenth festival on June 8 from 5-10 p.m. at Happy Days Visitor Center.

Old celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery, dating back to over 130 years ago.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

The celebration of June 19 was coined “Juneteenth.” Former slaves celebrated their freedom with song, dance, storytelling, and food.

Join the National Park Service for a Juneteenth Celebration with music, poetry, art, food, and an Underground Railroad lantern hike.

Take a hike. The hikes will take you on a journey into the past to experience the dangerous realities and hope of runaway slaves. The 1.5-mile hikes depart every 20 minutes between 6 and 9 p.m. Hikes are limited to 30 participants.

For more information call 800-445-9667 or visit www.nps.gov/cuva/MusicArt.htm or www.dayinthevalley.com.

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