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Celebrating Juneteenth at UT Southwestern

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Certified Medical Office Assistant Marilyn Lowery (left) and Anesthesia Technician Latasha Dixon have fun during an impromptu dance at UT Southwestern’s Juneteenth Celebration, which took place a few days in advance of the national holiday.

In honor of Juneteenth, the oldest known commemoration that honors the abolition of slavery in the United States, UT Southwestern held a Freedom Day Celebration on Thursday, June 15, during lunchtime in the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital Pavilion. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Texas to take control of the state and guarantee that all slaves be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery would not be abolished until the 13th Amendment, which was ratified six months later.

The UTSW event featured cuisine that represented staple food served at Juneteenth celebrations across the state within the African American community. All UTSW staff, faculty, and students were invited. The event was sponsored by the African-American Employee Business Resource Group (BRG).

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