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.

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

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