Juneteenth festival in Germantown celebrates the area’s rich role in abolishing slavery [photos]

Germantown celebrated the passage of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery — and the neighborhood’s role in it — on Saturday.

Juneteenth festivities celebrate the culture and history of the anti-slavery and abolition movement. Germantown was home to spots along the Underground Railroad, including the Johnson House, where Saturday’s celebration was centered.

The ceremony — led by a group of civil war reenactors — started at the “First Protest Against Slavery Marker” at Germantown Avenue and Wister Street was led by re-enactors and followed by a “Freedom Walk” parade.

Vendors and information exhibits lined the historic and cultural marketplace.

The historical Johnson House, Cliveden and Concord House staged performances and gave tours to bring history to life.

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