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Juneteenth Celebrations Rock Downtown Tulsa

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A couple dances on the lawn at Guthrie Green. A couple dances on the lawn at Guthrie Green.
All kinds of performers took the stage, including some of the best soul and R&B bands in Tulsa. All kinds of performers took the stage, including some of the best soul and R&B bands in Tulsa.

Juneteenth was celebrated in style in downtown Tulsa.

Saturday was day two of the annual celebrations.

The festivities went on all night at Guthrie Green. All kinds of performers took the stage, including some of the best soul and R&B bands in Tulsa. The crowds got into the act as well, enjoying line dancing under the full moon.

The show was free.

Juneteenth is also known as "Freedom" or "Emancipation Day."

It celebrates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, which happened two years after slavery ended.

Members of the Tulsa-Dallas African Ancestral Society staged a drum circle last night to end the festivities.

The group chose downtown Tulsa because it was once home to "Black Wall Street," which was destroyed in the 1921 Race Riots.

"No matter what has been taken, what has transpired down through the years after that happened, we will never forget the greatness that Black Wall Street was," Ifaronke Fagbenro said.

The group was playing in the Brady District and hopes the area will be renamed decades later. It is the namesake of Tate Brady, who was part of the Ku Klux Klan. Brady was also owned one of the town's first mercantile stores and was an original incorporator of Tulsa.

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