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June 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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Juneteenth reflections


LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Organizer DeCharlene Williams thanks the crowd for attending as she takes the stage Saturday. Seattle's Pratt Park is the stage for Seattle's 31st annual Juneteenth Festival. Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 announcement in Texas of the abolition of slavery, and celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans across the U.S. Seattle's celebration continues Sunday with church in the park, face painting, poetry and vendors.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Wendy Cunningham-Wilkins, right, prepares to release a balloon in honor of her son as attendees Saturday remember community members who have died. Cunningham's son Billy took his own life in 2012.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

People let balloons fly into the wind in as they remember community members lost over the past few years during the 31st annual Juneteenth Festival.

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