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Nacogdoches Juneteenth event gives a new generation a history lesson

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Hundreds gathered in downtown Nacogdoches for a day of celebration and remembrance.

"There's hope in this day and in the celebration because so many of our young people are wandering away from our roots," said Maye Ham, President, African-American Heritage Project.

This weekend's Juneteeth event celebrated when black slaves in Texas got the news slavery ended two years earlier.

"It's a reminder that our forefathers were slaved and freed. We talked to some young people and some older people in their 30's and 40's who didn't know about Juneteenth or had never been to a celebration," said Charlotte Stokes, President, Progressive Leadership Group.

Saturday's celebration also served as a reminder for future generations to never forget where they've come from.

"We're not going to find very much of this in our text books in school, so its up to us to have our grandkids and the next generation know the significance of the holiday," said Ham.

Event organizer Charlotte Stokes helped revive the parade and festival five years ago, she believes everyone has a responsibility to their heritage. With so many resources available, the next generation should take it upon themselves to look into their history.

"We want to encourage them and all of them can Google and get on facebook and all those kinds of things we encourage them to do that so they can learn more about their black heritage," said Stokes.

"We have to find different ways to keeps them interested in our history and those events in our history are important to us," said Ham.

Organizers hope that what people learn today, will ignite a spirit of remembrance and motivate them to keep the tradition alive.  

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