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Even though Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, the lives of many of those in bondage weren't actually altered until June 19, 1865, and therefore that day (or week) gets the party. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery's ending in the United States. Leimert Park Village has been holding annual Juneteenth festivals for years, and this year's, themed "Faith, Family and Our Global Future," is set to be a family-friendly bash, with both modern and classic artistry at hand. Champion cowboy Lester Sims will give pony rides and ropin' demos; computer wiz Jim Neusom will bring his "Urban Tech Faire" to demonstrate how to build an app for a digital device; and Robin Petgrave, founder of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, will dazzle with an aviation simulator from the South L.A. nonprofit. Leimert Park Village, 4395 S. Leimert Blvd., Leimert Park; Sat., June 15-Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (323) 292-6622, blackartslosangeles.org.
Sat., June 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013

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