Chattanooga celebrates Juneteenth at City Hall Tuesday
Chattanooga celebrated the day slaves learned they were free with an event hosted through the Black Arts & Ideas festival .
Slaves in Texas learned of their freedom on June 19, 1856. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 250,000 slaves learned they were legally free.
On the steps of city hall, people gathered to celebrate. The crowd enjoyed songs from the Chattanooga Choral Society, a dramatic reading of The Emancipation Proclamation, and an address from Mayor Andy Berke.
"Therefore I, Andy Berke, Mayor of the city of Chattanooga do hereby proclaim June 13-June 19th 2018 as a celebration of Chattanooga Black Arts and Ideas in remembrance of June 19. Signed by me on this day."
Mayor Berke declared the Black Arts & Ideas festival an official celebration of Juneteenth in Chattanooga.