Rising 6th-grader is Miss Juneteenth in Social Circle parade

Rising Carver Middle-schooler Gabrielle Boswell was spotted in the Social Circle Independence Day Parade on June 29, 2019 in her role as Miss Juneteenth. The 11-year-old is a member of the National Jr. Beta Club, is an athlete who plays soccer and basketball, is active in the Boys and Girls Club and in her church, Lighthouse World Outreach Center – and “she loves her puppy Daisy and science,” said her mother, Natalie Boswell.

Miss Juneteenth, Gabrielle Boswell, in the Social Circle Independence Day Parade on June 29, 2019. Contributed photograph

For those who don’t know much about the Juneteenth celebration, according to Wikipedia, “also known as Juneteenth Indpendence Day or Freedom day, it is an American holiday that commemeorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, was not enforced there until after the Confederacy collapsed. The name of the observance is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, the date of its celebration.[2][3] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 46 of the 50 states.” On March 9, 2011, Georgia became the 37th state to recognize the holiday.

“Gabi was excited to celebrate freedom from slavery in the Indepdence Day parade and with her title. She is proud of her heritage and grateful for being born here in America,” Boswell said. “Her former title was Miss Red, White and Blue, featured in the Walton Tribune. She’s been in the parade the last three years.”

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