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An Idaho Juneteenth Celebration Through The Eyes Of A 9-Year-Old

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Today is the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the freedom of the last slaves in the nation, as news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to slaves in Texas two years after President Lincoln’s speech. This year, as calls for racial justice and an end to systemic racism ring across the country, the day has special significance to one Idaho family. 

Our Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke with Phillip Thompson, the executive director of the Black History Museum in Boise. 

 

But the real star of the interview was Zaida, his 9-year-old daughter.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.