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The African-American Museum to award two musical legends from the Central Valley this June


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FRESNO, CA--The annual Jazz & Blues Exhibit - Celebration at the African-American Museum, commemorates the talented black jazz and blues artists known in Fresno in honor of Jazz Month and Juneteenth. This year's 2019 awardees include first Black radio station owner, Woody Miller (posthumously) and renowned blues legend, Bobby Brown.

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be Black Music Month.

Historically rooted in rich African traditions and the conflicted slave trade, black folk music provided the soil for jazz to grow. Other sounds began to join the chorus. From rhythm and blues to barbershop and swing, the artists responded to every era with a fresh wave of inspiration and visionary sound.

Juneteenth is a national American holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans; it would be June 19, 1865 when the official enforced announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States would be enforced by troops going territory to territory to make sure slaves were released from these plantations.