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Commemorating its 157th anniversary on June 19, the day known as “Juneteenth” marks one of the earliest moments of liberation of enslaved people in the U.S. While the day has been traditionally marked by prayer services and public memorials, flying the Juneteenth flag is also part of the holiday’s commemoration.
Norwich resident Ben Haith is crediting with designing the Juneteenth flag, according to Connecticut by the Numbers, and worked with illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf to create the banner while living in Boston in 1997.