5 facts about Juneteenth, marking the last day of slavery

Violet Tucker
June 20, 2017

In the city of Galveston where the commemoration originally began, local people participate in parade and festival to celebrate the Juneteenth which dates back more than 150 years ago.

Saturday's celebration, originally slated to take place in Cook Park from 12 to 4 p.m., had to be moved inside the nearby Girls Inc. building because of rain.

Following a parade, residents filled the park for food, music and a vehicle show.

This is the seventh year of the Juneteenth festivities in the city, but the 152nd anniversary of the historic day. Unfortunately, many slaves were still held captive after it went into effect on January 1, 1863.

Monday marks the observance of Juneteenth, the day that news of emancipation finally reached and freed slaves in Galveston, Texas, in 1865.

Some have even pushed for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday. "My son is here, my cousins and my friends and it is important for me to show them the new look", Lane said.

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"The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order", the website states.

Blunt said Youth Challenge League Program has been volunteering at the Juneteenth celebration for the last six years.

As the freed slaves celebrated in rejoice, the family stripping, culture busting, backbreaking pain that slavery had ensued was alleviated for the moment.

It has been 154 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipaton Proclamation.

He says it's seen as an Independence Day for African-Americans. Decades of collective action would follow as equality and justice for African-Americans advanced slowly, frustratingly, gradually, on our nation's journey toward a more flawless union. Yet many people may not actually know just what the day is, what it celebrates, or why it still matters.

"I am a proud member of the NAACP, and I know events like this are very important to help spread awareness".

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