CNN anchor and St. Paul native Laura Coates headlines city’s Juneteenth celebration

The Rondo Center of Diverse Expression hosted a block party and Juneteenth celebration at the Rondo Commemorative Plaza and on Fisk Street between Carroll and Concordia Avenues on Sunday in St. Paul.

In addition to music and dance performances, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, Rep. Betty McCollum and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter spoke. CNN host and St. Paul native Laura Coates gave the keynote address.

The schedule also included music and dance performances, games, give-aways, author conversations and food trucks, ending with free cupcakes from Red Velvet Cupcakes. Citations for civic service were presented to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter and St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell.

Nationwide celebrations marked the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when slavery ended in Texas,  over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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