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Juneteenth Commemoration Week Around Chattanooga

Eric Atkins, at right, holding the Juneteenth flag.
Unity Group of Chattanooga
Eric Atkins, at right, holding the Juneteenth flag.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans after the Civil War.

This month, Juneteenth will be recognized as an official holiday - this time for the first time across four levels of government all at the same time: the Federal Government, the State of Tennessee, the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

Eric Atkins is co-chairman of the Unity Group, which is hosting several events in Chattanooga leading up - and during - the holiday on Monday, June 19th.