BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--People celebrate the end of slavery at the site of an underground railroad in Brewer.
Abraham Lincoln made history January 1, 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation. The executive order freed close to 50 slaves immediately but many southern states didn't support the proclamation. More than 3 million slaves had to be liberated by force. The Union Army entered Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 to free the last of the slaves in bondage.
People gathered at the Joshua Chamberlain Freedom Park in Brewer to lay a wreath and remember the Juneteenth anniversary.
The celebration was the seventh annual event at Joshua Chamberlain Freedom Park.