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NAACP to present Juneteenth celebration in Springfield

Silver Springs Park
Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail/used with permission
Silver Springs Park, traditionally the only public park open to African Americans during the era of segregation, has a rich history dating back more than a century.

The Springfield chapter of the NAACP will hold a Juneteenth celebration at Silver Springs Park this Saturday starting at noon.

The NAACP chapter said in a release it plans to give out awards for Black excellence in the community at the celebration. The celebration will include food, music, and activities for all ages. The civil rights group also says it’s taking donations for feminine hygiene products and new bookbags for SPS students.

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when the last group of Black enslaved people in the U.S. were freed in Texas at the end of the Civil War. It became a federal holiday in 2021.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.