BOSTON (CBS) – It was a celebration of freedom during Saturday’s Juneteenth event at Franklin Park.
The day marks June 19, 1865, when work of the abolition of slavery spread across the state of Texas.READ MORE: 'A Blast Furnace': Firefighters Battle Strong Winds, Flames At Roxbury Apartment Building
Since then, African Americans have celebrated emancipation across the country.READ MORE: Mother Accused Of Putting Baby In Trash Can Charged With Attempted Murder
In Dorchester, the day was marked with food, music and summer fun.
“It’s almost like a family thing, and people sit back, play music, eat, enjoy themselves. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing,” said Boompie Arnold, a member of the Seniors Club of Roxbury.MORE NEWS: Thieves Target Toyota Prius Catalytic Converters In Cambridge
Massachusetts is one of 46 states that officially observe Juneteenth.