Alaska Life

Photos: Anchorage celebrates Juneteenth with festivities at Northway Mall

Hundreds of people gathered for the Juneteenth Citywide Celebration at the Northway Mall in East Anchorage on Saturday. Juneteenth — commemorating June 19, 1865, the day news of their freedom reached enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, two months after the Confederacy surrendered — was made a federal holiday this week.

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