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Juneteenth celebrated in Fort Dodge

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
James, left, and Donna Spencer, of New Iberia, Louisiana, show off their Juneteenth shirts during a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at H.C. Meriwether Park.
-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Zac Nuzum, of Fort Dodge, fills his plate with fried fish, baked beans and potato salad during a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at H.C. Meriwether Park. Clayton's Ribs and Chicken along with TC Mae's provided food for the event. Saturday marked the first time in history that Juneteenth was celebrated as a national holiday. President Joe Biden signed it into law on Thursday.
-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Ashawn Smith, 12, of Fort Dodge, throws up a hook shot with Jerry Crockett, 9, guarding him during a game of basketball Saturday at H.C. Meriwether Park. Children and families gathered on the park to celebrate Juneteenth, a national holiday which commemorates the freedom of African Americans from slavery.

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