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Juneteenth Flag Flies Over Cincinnati City Hall

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Bill Rinehart
The Juneteenth flag was created in 1997 by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.

For the first time, a Juneteenth flag is flying at Cincinnati's City Hall. The red and blue flag with a white star recognizes the date the last slaves in Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lydia Morgan helped start local Juneteenth celebrations 32 years ago and donated the flag. "Juneteenth is not a black holiday. It is an American holiday. All Americans need to celebrate our history," she says.

Morgan says she didn't learn about Juneteenth celebrations until she visited Phoenix, Arizona, in 1986.

Assistant City Manager Sheryl Long says raising the flag at this time is symbolic, and fitting, considering current events. "This flag is a reminder of what we have gone through, what we have to overcome, and where we can go if we do it together."

The raising of the flag came just a couple of hours before a Black Lives Matter street mural is dedicated in front of City Hall.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.