Juneteenth flag raising held in Binghamton

- Binghamton (WIVT) - The City of Binghamton held a ceremony Friday morning to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David, local politicians and residents gathered outside of City Hall to raise the Juneteenth flag.

Friday marks the 150th anniversary of when that Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Texas, freeing the slaves.

Proclamations were read by representatives of Governor Cuomo, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Donna Lupardo.

Binghamton City Councilwoman Lea Webb said although slavery has been abolished for many years, work still needs to be done to promote equality in the U.S.

"As elected officials, community leaders, organizations, businesses, community residents and human beings, it's important we don't settle for the comfort of complacency and continued implementation of inequitable practices that are riddled throughout the various institutions we are all a part of," said Webb.

Announcements were also made regarding a Juneteenth celebration that will take place Saturday at Columbus Park on Carroll Street.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature vendors, arts and crafts, a poetry contest, and a basketball tournament.

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