Thursday, October 19, 2017

Celebrating Freedom

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Extra

Photographer Marty Frierson was on hand last month at the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Arena, capturing scenes from the annual Las Vegas Juneteenth celebration. The joyous event, created 17 years ago by Diane Pollard, marks a holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. It dates back to June 19, 1865 — when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the enslaved had been freed.

Councilman Ricki Barlow, D. Anthony Pollard and Galaxy Glen at Juneteenth celebration.

Las Vegas Juneteenth celebration founder Diane Pollard has fun with children at the annual event.

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