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(West Chester, OH) - The Fitton Center helped celebrate the nation's newest federal holiday this past weekend.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of American slavery and commemorates the Union troops freeing enslaved African-Americans at Galveston Bay, Texas, June 19, 1865, 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law in 1863.

Nearly 100 guests stopped by the Fitton Center booth from 2 to 5 p.m. during the West Chester Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 15.

Visitors made pinwheel crafts in Juneteenth colors to mark the occasion.

Caroline Digiovenale, assistant director of education and community outreach, said she was happy to be part of the event, a first-time Fitton Center appearance in West Chester for the three-year-old holiday.

"I think it went really well," she said. "Everyone that was there really enjoyed the craft and the Juneteenth organizers were very thankful we were able to come. We are always happy to meet people - and make art with them - in their communities."

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