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St. Mark's to celebrate Laurel's oldest festival [Old Town Laurel]

St. Mark's to celebrate Laurel's oldest festival [Old Town Laurel]

Laurel's oldest annual festival will be celebrated this year on Saturday, Sept. 2, with a 5k race, parade, food and music.

Emancipation Day, which commemorates the freeing of African American slaves, has been sponsored by St. Mark's United Methodist Church each year since the early 1900s.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Learn from Yesterday, Embrace Today, Rise Tomorrow." Faye Matthews, a member of St. Mark's who helps plan Emancipation Day, said church members wanted to honor the men and women who established St. Mark's 126 years ago and who built it into the community it is today.

"We asked...

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