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Juneteenth celebration held in DeFuniak Springs

Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 5:50 PM CDT
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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WJHG) -

June 19 is recognized as Juneteenth across the nation, and organizers in DeFuniak Springs gathered to spark change Friday afternoon.

Juneteenth is celebrated as the day slavery ended in the United States, and community members marched on the DeFuniak Springs courthouse in order to show support for removing the Confederate memorial located on the front lawn. Attempts have been made to remove the monument in the past, but leaders hope that with the waves of protests and calls for change sweeping across the nation, the calls for removing the monument may finally be heard.

“I think it’s the symbolic nature of the fact that the city courthouse still has a confederate monument and flag that it still flies on the courthouse lawn,” said Sabu Williams, one of the organizers of the event. “Folks go to the courthouse seeking justice have to walk past that particular symbol. Of course, we look at the Confederacy as an attempt to keep us in slavery.”

The marchers are calling for the monument to be moved to a museum or the cemetery where it originally resided.

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