Mark your calendars. Saturday, June 19th is Juneteenth, 2021!
What is Juneteenth? It is a contraction of June with nineteenth and recognizes June 19, 1865 as the date that General Order No. 3 pronounced that African Americans were freed from slavery. It was announced in Texas by Union Army General Gordon Granger-two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in September of 1862. Texas was the most remote of the slave states and had few Union troops stationed in it. Enforcement of the proclamation was inconsistent at best. It took the advancement of General Granger into Texas to enforce the order across the state of Texas.
Originating in Galveston, Texas, June 19th was originally celebrated regionally and mostly in churches. Now, the celebrations occur annually and have spread throughout the United States, with increasing official reception.
The Windham-Willimantic NAACP Chapter has two important programs to honor the day.
- We welcome you to register for a virtual event from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Dr. Stacey Close will present an intellectual, moral, and social instruction on Juneteenth: A Lesson in American History.
- Then, visit Craig’s Soul Food Kitchen in Vernon and delight in his Southern cuisine. A portion of the proceeds from the meals sold will be donated to the Windham-Willimantic NAACP.
Dr Stacey Close – Juneteenth: A Lesson in American History from 1:00-2:30pm
Juneteenth Celebration at Craig’s Soul Food Kitchen – June 19th 11:00am-8:00pm
155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, GoogleDoodle on June 19, 2020
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