African American heritage was celebrated at Tracy’s 25th annual Juneteenth festival on Saturday at Lincoln Park.

The daylong free event sponsored by the Tracy African American Association featured musical entertainment, dancers, poetry performances, food booths and the presentation of the 2019 Wayne Nelson Scholarship winners.

The festival commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day when slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that the Civil War had ended and they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation three years earlier.

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