by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2011
Celebrate Juneteenth in Virginia, one of 26 states granting state holiday observance to June 19th as the day slavery was abolished.
In 1865 slavery was common practice in Texas even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclomation had been in effect since January 1, 1863. On June 19, 1865 Union General Gordon Granger and his 2,000 troops released Galveston, TX slaves into freedom – some of the last slaves to realize their destiny.
Hardy – Jun 18 – Juneteenth Celebration – Booker T. Washington National Monument celebrates Juneteenth – the commemoration of the release of approximately four million people of African descent from the bonds of slavery after the end of the Civil War.
Gloucester – Jun 19 – Juneteenth Celebration in Gloucester County – Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, picture sharing and oral history about Gloucester’s 32 African-American sailors who took part in the Union blockade along the entire Atlantic seaboard.
Manassas – Jun 18 – Juneteenth at the Lucasville School - Experience what a school day might have been like in the tiny building and participate in games and crafts that the children might have played.
Henrico – Jun 18 – Juneteenth Spectacular – The celebration will incorporate both the past and present of African-American culture. Begin the celebration with an opening ceremony by Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company followed by an Apollo style showcase to highlight local talent.
Martinsville – Jun 17-18 – June German Ball & Juneteenth Festival Weekend – Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) and the NAACP have joined together to sponsor the 2011 Juneteenth Festival.
Montross – Jun 18 - Juneteenth: Traditions and Songs of Emancipation and Freedom – An ongoing celebration with presenters and music to highlight community history and traditions of emancipation and freedom through songs and storytelling.
Discover more at Virginia.org.