Juneteenth kicks of inaugural event at Historical Society

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The first Juneteenth event was held Saturday night at the Oneida County Historical Society in Utica.

The event recognized when slaves in Texas found out they were freed. The story goes that they were notified long after the Emancipation Proclamation, so when the announcement was made, a huge party broke out.

Saturday's event was paired with jazz music and organizers say there's a reason for that.

"Jazz has always had a unique place in American culture because it brought black people and white people together since the inception," said Cassandra Harris Lockwood of For the Good, Inc.

Jazz music from different eras and several local musicians were part of Saturday's festivities.

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