Juneteenth, known as African American Emancipation Day, remembers and celebrates slavery ending in every corner of the US on June 19, 1865. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
There will also be a Soul Food lunch and a Music Jamboree/Remembrance Celebration at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park during the day to explore the history of racism and slavery, and praise African-American tradition. "As much as the Fourth of July is celebrated, so should Juneteenth".
The awards presentation will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a day full of family-friendly events, including a voter registration drive.More news: Kyle Busch turns fastest lap at Pocono for 2nd straight pole
The celebration continues Saturday with a parade from Wossman High School to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and kids under 4 are free.
All events are in Glover Park.