The history of Juneteenth

Adding Juneteenth to those ranks would be another way of showing that the country is serious about embracing its diversity and celebrating its most important struggles.

On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier had freed the slaves and to press locals to comply with his directive. So, they can see some positive activities happening in our community.

People travel from hubs of black culture, like Atlanta, to attend the celebration, said Paula Prince, member of the Xi Epsilon Omega chapter of the AKA sorority.

Horskins, of St. Louis, was among the many area residents who came out to Beckett Park Sunday for the second annual celebration of what the organizer called "America's second Independence Day". There are vendors, great food, face painting for the kids, and we're here giving out free Aquafina water and free soft drinks, so it's also great for the community. So, even after the war ended at Appomattox in April of 1865, Texan slaves weren't freed until June 19, 1865, when Maj.

"We have a lot of people that have lost their lives over freedom", Lane said. In it, African-American men, women, and children crowd around a single pocket watch, waiting for the clock to strike midnight and the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect. I also think it's important for people to know that the Johnson House [historic site] is here. "And we hope to emulate that tonight", Louis Sutton says.

"The reinforcement of showing the inhumane things people do to each other".

The inside of the festival's heritage tent is lined with 19 trifold boards covered in pictures and text detailing the history of slavery and pan-Africanism dating back to centuries.

Fort Worth has a Juneteenth clean up event in the city's West Morningside neighborhood, south of Downtown.

  • Annette Adams