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Lutherans celebrate Juneteenth

Maryland congregation offers music, worship and health screenings

Dancers and drummers from St. Michael's Truth Lutheran, Mitchellville, Md., perform at the congregation's Juneteenth celebration.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Grantson<BR><BAcross the U.S., Juneteenth events commemorate June 19, 1865, the day enslaved African-Americans in Texas first heard they were free — two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation became official.

At its Juneteenth celebration, the congregation offers worship, a community meal, free health-screenings, prayer, poetry and more for the wider community.


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