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Dozens gather for Southside reunion

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It was a community and family affair in Chattanooga's Southside Saturday as dozens of community members, churches and entire families got together for a reunion.

Organizers utilized the reunion as a way to reach out to the community's youth.

Saturday's reunion kicked off with Joseph H. Park's Memorial Parade, which started at 17th Street and ended at Harris-Johnson Park.

That's where all the southsiders gathered to reminisce, renew old friendships and introduce the community's youth to the area's rich heritage.

State Rep. JoAnne Favors was also a part of the crowd.

"Practically everybody in Chattanooga has some connection to the Southside, either by verge of Howard School, employment - there was so many manufacturing plants out here - or you had families who lived here if you didn't reside here," Favors says. 

Several family and high schools reunions were held in conjunction with this year's Southside Reunion.

Pastor Kevin Adams with Olevit's Baptist Church delivered a message about faith, family and community.

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