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.