Juneteenth celebrations in the suburbs

 
 
Updated 6/19/2020 10:19 PM

Juneteenth celebrations took place in several suburbs Friday. Juneteenth celebrates the day all slaves in Texas were proclaimed free on the 19th of June, 1865.

A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
54 African flags were loaned to drivers for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
  54 African flags were loaned to drivers for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Elgin Activist Marcus Banner, right, greets supporters and hands out flags at the Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening. Each of the 54 flags represented an African nation.
  Elgin Activist Marcus Banner, right, greets supporters and hands out flags at the Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening. Each of the 54 flags represented an African nation.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Gloria McCarthy of Elgin, whose stage name is Gina East, holds one of 54 flags for the Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
  Gloria McCarthy of Elgin, whose stage name is Gina East, holds one of 54 flags for the Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
People gather in a parking lot on McLean Blvd. for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
  People gather in a parking lot on McLean Blvd. for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A young girl watches as people gather for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
  A young girl watches as people gather for a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade fills Kimball St. from Dundee Rd. to Rt. 31 in Elgin Friday evening.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade fills Kimball St. from Dundee Rd. to Rt. 31 in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A fist rises from a sunroof during a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening that included 54 African nation flags.
  A fist rises from a sunroof during a Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening that included 54 African nation flags.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Lombard's Katie Shannon smiles at Carlise Arce, 3, of Chicago at the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights on Friday as they held their first outdoor socially-distanced Juneteeth remembrance in their history.
  Lombard's Katie Shannon smiles at Carlise Arce, 3, of Chicago at the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights on Friday as they held their first outdoor socially-distanced Juneteeth remembrance in their history.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
The First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights on Friday held their first outdoor socially-distanced Juneteeth remembrance in their history. Approximately 75 people including Clyde Brooks who is the chairman of the Arlington Heights based Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations was in attendance.
  The First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights on Friday held their first outdoor socially-distanced Juneteeth remembrance in their history. Approximately 75 people including Clyde Brooks who is the chairman of the Arlington Heights based Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations was in attendance.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Roughly 200 people march Friday in downtown Naperville as part of a Juneteenth observance.
  Roughly 200 people march Friday in downtown Naperville as part of a Juneteenth observance.
ROBERT SANCHEZ | Staff Photographer
A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade fills Kimball St. from Dundee Rd. to Rt. 31 in Elgin Friday evening.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade fills Kimball St. from Dundee Rd. to Rt. 31 in Elgin Friday evening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
  A Juneteenth African Festival of Flags car parade in Elgin Friday evening included 54 African nation flags.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
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