Milwaukee Police, Northcott Neighborhood House team up for safe Juneteenth Day
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee is home to one of the country's longest-running Juneteenth Day celebrations and once again this year, police and the Northcott Neighborhood House are teaming up to ensure fun and safety for all who attend the event.
"It really is a community effort to make sure we have a safe Juneteenth Day," said Captain Boris Turcinovic with the Milwaukee Police Department. "Just to celebrate the event itself, what it means to the community and to have a safe, family festival."
"Juneteenth Day, our day of unity, our day of fellowship. Let's go 24 hours without any gun violence whatsoever," said Mac Weddle, Executive Director at Northcott Neighborhood House.
Juneteenth Day commemorates the day when slaves in Texas were finally told President Lincoln had abolished slavery two years earlier. Milwaukee's 56th Juneteenth Day parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at 19th and Atkinson and ends at Martin Luther King Drive and Burleigh where there will be a festival until 6:00 p.m.