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Lufkin Hope Center hosts Juneteenth celebration

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

June 19th marks a day in history that slaves in Texas learned of their freedom.

Tuesday at the Hope Center of North Lufkin members of the community gathered for a Juneteenth celebration.

The program began with a prayer and singing of the African-American national anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

The Friendship and Social Club hosted the event they believe Juneteenth is holiday everyone can celebrate no matter what your race.

"Its for everybody to come and bond as one, its important for the community to not only for African-Americans but for all of us to come together and see where our heritage is from and have a good time," said Kenneth Hadnot, Vice President, Friendship Social Club.

The club has been hosting the event for over 20 years and hopes to continue to expand the celebration. The program continued with a barbecue luncheon, games, a bounce house for the kids and dancing.

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