Chicagoans celebrate 'Juneteenth' holiday

June 19, 2010 1:46:31 PM PDT
Saturday is "Juneteenth," a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery. A variety of celebrations were already under way Friday.

Gov. Pat Quinn took part in a special event at the DuSable Museum and declared Friday 'Margaret Burroughs Day,' in honor of the museum's founder.

Juneteenth was first observed in 1865 as African-American Emancipation Day. Currently, the holiday is an opportunity to emphasize education and achievement in the African-American community.