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cyndensco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-11-09 09:47 PM
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1. Do black folk in Texas still get the day off to celebrate Juneteenth?
My father was visiting last week and told me that when he was in the Air Force stationed in San Antonio in the 50's, Juneteenth was a paid holiday for black Texans. Because he was from Tennessee, he had to work.

My first experience with Juneteenth was in Buffalo, NY in the early 80's. It was touted as being one of the oldest Juneteenth celebrations in the country (which is surprising because Buffalo was not really African-American friendly). A street fair, it was more important to look cute and be seen than to learn about our history. Ah, youth.
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