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.

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Since then, African Americans have celebrated emancipation across the country.

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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.

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Massachusetts is one of 46 states that officially observe Juneteenth.