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Hundreds celebrate Juneteenth at Olin Park

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Friday marked Juneteenth, a celebration commemorating the end of slavery.

Madison residents celebrated at Olin Park with food music and black owned business vendors.

But organizers also had another goal, getting people to register to vote.

They had a goal of 500 new registered voters and had people going around with clipboards and applications.

They hope that with their push to get people to vote, they can actually create the change that protesters have been calling for this past month.

"This is a time when there is a huge paradigm shift happening across the nation. There are a lot of people and eyes on Black Lives Matter right now and as far as wanting to facilitate change, I think it is really important to celebrate this year specifically," N'dia Jones, one of the organizers, said.

They said they also wanted to use today to help the community come together at a time when there is a lot of pain and division.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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