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Main Street will be closed to traf­fic from Howard to Rome in Tampa on Satur­day for a June­teenth Com­mu­nity Street Fes­ti­val ,a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing to com­mem­o­rate the abol­ish­ment of slav­ery. There will be ven­dors, face paint­ing, step shows, bounce houses and a per­for­mance by teenage vo­cal phe­nom Zariya, who ap­peared on last sea­son’s Amer­i­can Idol. June­teenth is a cel­e­bra­tion of the abol­ish­ment of slav­ery that be­gan in Galve­ston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. It is the old­est cel­e­bra­tion of the end of slav­ery and a time for re­flect­ing on the his­tory of the civil rights move­ment. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Satur­day. Main Street and N Howard Av­enue.

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