Since it fell on a Sunday, it’s being observed Monday across the country.
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There are so many local events happening.
“Finally, you know, this holiday, it should have been a national holiday long before now, but, finally, you know, we’re getting recognition, you know,” Luther Hopkins said.
One event at the Field Museum got underway at 10 am
The Field Museum is celebrating Juneteenth with a series of events and a free day for local residents.
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The day programming began with a formal presentation, and will highlight connections between the 1893 World’s Fair and historical Black figures.
The National Pullman Porter Museum is hosting its 10th Juneteenth community re-commitment celebration at the museum at 817 104th St.
“I’m from a family of 13. My father was actually ran out of the south. So to see this day being honored as a national holiday, and especially in the city of Chicago, a city that has been full of racism for as long as I’ve been in the world, and to see now this actually coming to full circle, it’s just a godsend,” Cynthera Penny said.
Festivities kicked off with a parade and walk that began at Gately Stadium Park at 9 am, which will end at the museum entrance, followed by a festival, which will take place on the museum grounds.
It’s a free all-day event, which includes a youth basketball tournament, live music and food.
“It’s important because, as we are all happy about the holiday, right, we have to be reminded that this is all about the recommitment to the community, the preservation of our history, heritage and culture and the opportunity for us to set the landscape for where we’re going,” said David Peterson Jr., president and executive director of the National A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum.
Meanwhile, celebrations Sunday played out at the DuSable Museum.
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“I don’t think a lot of people knew about Juneteenth in general, but now that the awareness is out there and the whole positivity as far as the African American experience, and how much contribution that African Americans have done to this country as a Whole, it’s just good to finally recognize it,” said Greg Shuford, who lives in Hyde park.
Other events Sunday included the recognition of Black fathers, which was highlighted in South Shore at a cookout hosted by the group “Real Men Cook.”
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people of color in Texas were finally told they were free.
The governor also hosted an event at Kenwood Academy High School Monday morning.
That got underway at 10:30 am
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