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Juneteenth celebration marks delivery of emancipation message

The national Juneteenth celebration marks when the word spread to Galveston, Texas, that slaves were set free at the conclusion of the Civil War. According to Thomas Murdic, General Granger of Franklin rode his horse to Galveston to notify the slaves which was followed by much celebration. The event was celebrated in Franklin June 15 at McLemore House.

T.J. Hodge (left), 12, of Brentwood Middle School and sister Taisha Hodge, 9, of Poplar Grove Elementary sipped Kona Ice snow cones at the Juneteenth celebration Saturday afternoon. Photo by Skip Anderson.

The Nashville Youth Chorus performs as part of the Juneteenth celebration. Photo by Skip Anderson

Brothers Tony and Thomas Murdic received a Congressional Gold Medal honoring their father, Robert James Murdic who served as in the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Photo by Brandy Blanton

Marianne Schroer, Clark “Peaches” Prince and Alma McLemore Photo by Brandy Blanton

Posted on: 6/21/2013


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