Long Islanders celebrate Juneteenth, African American culture in Freeport
It was historic day across the nation and on Long Island Saturday as Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday for the first time.
One of the events to mark the occasion was held at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport. It featured speakers and a remembrance of the slaves who were finally freed in Texas two years after emancipation in 1865.
Craig Moore says he brought his daughters to learn that if history isn’t embraced, then its doomed to be repeated.
“I think if we start educating our self and stop ignoring the issues at hand, things will get better and it starts with education. It always starts with education,” he says.
Ariana Levin, 17, started a march in Freeport last year on Juneteenth to draw attention to the historic day during the height of last summer’s Black Lives Matter movement.
“It doesn’t have to be a national holiday to support Black people and the Black community,” she says.