JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a holiday that's becoming a symbol of African American pride and history: Wednesday marks Juneteenth.

The celebration dates back to June 19, 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.

The Durkeeville Historical Society on West 19th Street held a commemoration of the event.

Wednesday also marked the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

First Coast News photojournalist Jimmy Marlow spoke to a local man about the changes that act brought to Jacksonville.