It was a day of remembering how precious freedom is of the Abilene community.

On Monday, Juneteenth was celebrated in Abilene. The holiday recognizes June 19, 1865, when slavery ended.

The term is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth.”

In honor of the event, the Curtis House Cultural Center was open to the public. It houses artifacts from Abilene’s black history.

A director says it’s important all generations know the history of Juneteenth.

“When I was in school, we had segregated schools. When schools were integrated, a lot of that history wasn’t integrated into the history classes,” Nelson Wilson, the director of I-CAN, said.

Events were held in honor of the holiday all weekend.