Who Is The ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ Opal Lee?

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She Organized Juneteenth Celebrations in Texas

As an adult, she became an educator and activist who began organizing Juneteenth celebrations. During the 1970s, Lee would organize festivals that would attract 30,000 people over a three-day period.

“It was pure festival,” she told CNN. “I mean we even took exhibits from the historical society to the park.”

Lee also hosted annual 2.5 mile walks every year on Juneteenth and will continue to do so this year and beyond.

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