ELKHART — Black entrepreneurs will be the focus of a Juneteenth celebration on Friday as local organizers prepare to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the United States while also shining a light on black-owned businesses available in the community.

Juneteenth marks the day – June 19, 1865 – when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army, reached Galveston, Texas, to inform the last remaining slaves that the Civil War was over and they were now free. The event took place two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and before the 13th Amendment was ratified in December 1865.

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