Jamestown’s Juneteenth: Trees Planted In Memory Of Late Councilwoman

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JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Juneteenth festival kicked off Saturday morning with a special ceremony honoring the legacy of a late city councilwoman who had a hand in the yearly celebration.  

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist and Councilwoman Regena Brackman opened the weekend-long festival during a ceremony honoring late Jamestown Councilwoman Victoria James. 

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Specifically, two trees were planted in her memory at Jackson-Taylor Park.  

James, who is credited with organizing the festival for 20 years, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. 

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In addition to the trees, a new scholarship in memory of James will include all of the proceeds from the festival’s concession stand. 

Just this week declared a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Texas slaves were freed when they were notified about the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years after it was signed. 


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