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Freedman's Ball celebrates 150 years of freedom

Karen Lawrence, Volunteer Karen Lawrence, Volunteer
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgians are celebrating 150 years of freedom of black slaves in the United States.

The Freedman's Ball was held tonight at the Resora at Cypress Pond plantation as part of the Juneteenth celebration.

Guests dressed up to enjoy food and music.

Organizers are planning to make this an annual event.

"The biggest part of it is this is a plantation that once housed the largest slave ownership in Southwest Georgia,” said Karen Lawrence, Volunteer. “So we are really happy to have the opportunity that this plantation is now owned by us, and it's for us to enjoy and to come out and celebrate."

A cultural festival will be held at the plantation tomorrow from 9 to 2.

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