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Juneteenth party is Saturday

| June 14, 2010 9:00 PM

The Human Rights Education Institute will hold its second freedom party referred to as "Juneteenth" on Saturday in Coeur d'Alene.

Juneteenth is a holiday pairing the words, "June" and "Nineteenth," known as African-American Independence Day.

"The public is invited to join the celebration of 145 years of freedom from slavery for people of African descent in America," said a press release.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.

Last year's celebration was attended by over 300 children and adults.

It will be held this year at The Human Rights Education Institute, located at 414 1/2 Mullan Avenue, on the corner of City Park.

"Our 2009 turnout was such a success that we have many more people joining as part of the program this year," said organizer and HREI Director of Education Rachel Dolezal. "I'm excited to see that level of interest and participation and look forward to an outstanding event."

The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. with music, followed by a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by six Coeur d'Alene High School students who are active in the CHS Human Rights Club.

There will be a slideshow, music, exhibits and a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is free, while the food is $2 for kids 12 and under, $5 for adults.

Information: (208) 292-2359 or www.hrei.org

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