“The Republican Party has a strong civil rights tradition, beginning with the founding of our party,” said Nicolee Ambrose, who helped organize the event. In 2015, King came to Baltimore to participate in a series of NAACP events with support from the Republican Party.
Juneteenth celebrates of the freeing of America’s last slaves on June 19, 1865. It took more than two years for word of emancipation to travel to parts of Texas after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
“We didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, even TV,” said King, 68, who broadcast her appearance to her followers on Facebook Live as she painted.
Other events to honor Juneteenth are planned throughout the state. Next Saturday, Easton’s Academy Art Museum will host a Juneteenth program honoring black music throughout history. In Darlington, re-enactors will portray Harriet Tubman and the Buffalo Soldiers.....
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