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June 25, 2008

Your Turn: Juneteenth


Earlier this week, a reader directed me to a slideshow on the Austin American-Statesman website.  She had been particularly transfixed by this image which the editors ran on the front page three columns wide below the fold.  The shot shows Miss Juneteenth, Jaquece Black, 18, waving to the crowd at the Juneteenth Parade in Austin.

I’ve been similarly fascinated by the shot, and was curious to see how you read it.  Juneteenth, if you’re not familiar by the way, is celebrated on June 19 in twenty-nine states, and commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.

Juneteenth Parade in Austin – slideshow (

(h/t: Charlene.  image: Jay Janner/American-Statesman. June 19, 2008)

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