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Sparked by the desire to have a place to commemorate the anniversary of their emancipation (“Juneteenth”), community members (all former slaves) in the Third and Fourth Wards led by Reverend JackYates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock, and Reverend Elias Dibble united to raise $1,000 in 1872 to purchase 10 acres of park land to host Juneteenth Celebrations. This is significant, not only as a ritual of remembrance and celebration, but also as an early act of exercising the new right of property ownership.
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