The annual Iowa Juneteenth celebration kicked this afternoon in a Des Moines neighborhood.
The celebration took place at Evelyn Davis Park, commemorating the ending of slavery. Juneteenth also emphasizes education and achievement.
The event had plenty of family fun activities as well as more than 60 exhibits geared towards education and job opportunities in the community.
“A lot of education options going on. DART Buses for instance is here with one of their new buses. They’re also giving information about how to get jobs with them,” says organizer Chris Johnson.
This is the 24th time Juneteenth has been held.