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Celebrating freedom in Sterling

Jan Reynolds of Rock Falls pets Brinkley, the Sterling Police Department's community police dog, on Monday during the YWCA of the Sauk Valley’s 10th annual Juneteenth Community Freedom Celebration. The 3 1/2-hour festival at the Y featured live entertainment, kids activities, food, storytelling, the Juneteenth museum, and community information booths. The Juneteenth holiday, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, commemorates both the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of slaves throughout the Confederate South.

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