On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas finally got the news that they had been freed through Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

That day is celebrated nationwide each year as Juneteenth, including in Lancaster — a little early.

The 12th annual Juneteenth: Men Who Cook event was held Sunday at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, featuring men from the community making samples of their favorite dishes to serve.

While enjoying the food, those in attendance learned about Juneteenth from living historians portraying such 19th-century figures as Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith.

The event, organized by the Community Action Partnership, was a fundraiser for the programs of the Crispus Attucks Community Center of Lancaster.