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Community rallies for Emancipation Day celebration

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PADUCAH, Ky -

150 years after word of Emancipation reached Paducah, the community continues to rally around the date of August 8th.

For the 38th consecutive years the 8th of August parade has brought together all races along Walter Jetton Boulevard in Paducah for a celebration.

As Gayle Medley watched the Emancipation Parade she says the emotions came flooding in.

"Watching the sports like the soccer team going by with the band, it brought back memories for me," said Gayle Medley who lives in Paducah.

Those memories are what brings the Paducah community together every 8th of August to celebrate emancipation as Janice Campbell says it should be celebrated.

"A number of families have reunions in the summer time, but this is kind of special because we've been doing it for a long time,” said Janice Campbell.

150 years to the day Emancipation reached Paducah, Campbell says there continues to be change in our community every day.

"There's a lot of turmoil and when we get a chance to come together and talk about things that have happened some have changed and some haven't," said Campbell.

Though Campbell and Medley say the crowds were smaller than years past, they say there is still hope in the message of Emancipation Day.

"If the young people will come out they will say that this is something we should do, and continue to do, and hopefully they will do that," said Campbell.

"I love it, I love it, I love it,” said Medley.  “I love what they're doing and what they represent."

The Emancipation Celebration continues tonight at the Civic Center with the Hats & Heels dance which starts at 9. 

Tickets are available for $20 at the door.

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