Wednesday is Juneteenth commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)--

UPDATE:
According to the Gator chapter of the NAACP, the 'Juneteenth' barbecue bash scheduled for this afternoon has been canceled due to inclement weather.

It has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 20th at the same time and location listed below.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Wednesday the nation commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. June 19th is considered 'Juneteenth'.

On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War in Galveston, Texas making all slaves free. The war had already been over for weeks but news traveled slowly back then.

There are 'Juneteenth' events planned around Gainesville. There will be a barbeque bash at West Side Park on NW 8th Ave. It is hosted by the Gator chapter of the NAACP

The Cotton Club Museum invites you to attend its annual Juneteenth breakfast this Friday at 7:30 a.m.