Juneteenth: Where to Celebrate and Why? History: “The people of Texas are informed that, following a proclamation from the United States Executive, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” —General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865
In issuing the order mentioned above, Mayor General Gordon Granger had no idea that he also set the foundation for a holiday. June 10th plus the ’90th,’ which is now the most popular yearly celebration of slave emancipation in the US by establishing the Union Army’s authority over the people of Texas. The Confederal Capital of Richmond, after all, fell when Granger seized the leadership of the Department of Texas. The “Executive” President Lincoln referred to was dead, and the 13th End of Slavery was well on track.
In 1980, June 10 became a state holiday in Tx, followed by many other states. Also, beyond the United States, the day is observed by groups throughout several nations to honor the end of slavery and honor African American culture and achievements.
How is it Celebrated:
The 10th of June is celebrated in every way and every scale. African Americans assemble in their backyards, parks, city squares, or any other place where communal festivities may be hosted with food, dancing, and camaraderie.
You may explore the celebrations like a Thanksgiving hybrid and a BBQ in the garden during a private meeting. Grilled Meat, soulful salads, fruit salads, gourmet meats, and a wide range of sweet desserts. June 10 is usually a big gathering of friends and family members.
Many cities are hosting local festivals that range from significant yearly events in public settings to other small black community groups. The festivities often include sellers specializing in black arts, black hair, cooking, music, and literature, which depict the history of the 10th of June and the Black Development of 1865 to the day before.
In commemoration of the day, educational groups use the opportunity to give virtual or personal lectures to the broader community. The topics address June 10, black community problems, and black progress.
Fultonk. “What Is Juneteenth? African American History Blog.” The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, 19 Sept. 2013, www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth.
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