Juneteenth Day Offers Commemorative Activities

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About Juneteenth Day: In 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, to read Order No. 3, which affirmed the end of slavery in the states of the former Confederacy. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth — a combination of “June” and “19th” — for over 150 years. Though President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1st, 1863, freed all enslaved people in the Confederacy, its announcement and enforcement relied upon the presence of Union troops, including members of the United States Colored Troops. Although some were aware of the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, it wasn’t enforced by the Union Army in Galveston, TX, until June 19th, 1865.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of ending slavery in the United States. Today, annual Juneteenth celebrations include family reunions, religious sermons, barbecues, and much more. Two years ago, President Joe Biden opened the signing of Juneteenth into law as a federal holiday with these words: “Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come.” https://nmaahc.si.edu/juneteenth

Members of our congregations keep asking for ways they can learn more about and interact with the African American community. Attending the Juneteenth Day parade and street festival on June 19th is one family-friendly way to do this. And the weather this year looks good.  The American Black Holocaust Museum also has a week of related family-friendly activities.

Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival.  This will be the 52nd year of the parade and street festival sponsored by Northcott Neighborhood House – one of the oldest celebrations in the country.  Always on June 19th itself, the street festival is held on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Burleigh and Center Streets from 9 am to 4 pm. The parade starts at 9 am at 14th and Atkinson and travels down to the street festival site, ending at Locust St.  Having gone to the street festival many times, it is a very enjoyable event with music, dance, vendors, food, and community organizations.  See the event information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/264198469619700

America’s Black Holocaust Museum Juneteenth Related Events:  A week of family-friendly activities beginning Sunday, June 18th through June 23rd.  See all the activities and programs at  https://www.abhmuseum.org/events/abhm-celebrates-juneteenth-a-week-of-events-honoring-family-community/

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