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Juneteenth rally held in Mishawaka

NOW: Juneteenth rally held in Mishawaka

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.--- Hundreds of people gathered for a Juneteenth celebration in Mishawaka Friday. The observations included a march, music, and speeches.

The event started at 4 p.m. at Central Park in Mishawaka.

Demonstrators then moved through the streets of Mishawaka before ending at the Mishawaka Police Department.

“People fought really far and really hard to get as far as we are, but in reality, I really don’t see freedom,” said Wayne Hubbard, an organizer. “It’s about dedication.”

Friday's event coincided with the celebrations across the country to celebrate a holiday that has grown in popularity recently.

“Juneteenth represents what things should be for me,” said Rachael Klink, a demonstrator. “ I should be free. It’s a celebration but also a protest because the work is still not done.”

After the march, demonstrators went to Howard Park for a party.

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