Juneteenth Day a Way to Celebrate, Gather and Remember

The day is also called Freedom Day.

"I taught the kids a little bit about drumming and about how before Juneteent and the Emancipation Proclamation there was a time when it was illegal for black people to own a drum", Gaddy said.

The annual parade, which was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, commemorates June 19, 1865 the day slaves in Texas were freed.

On June 19th 1865 the last group of slaves in Galveston, Texas were notified they were free.

Moon also said there is uncertainty about whether Juneteenth - a combination of "June" and "nineteenth" - should be celebrated on June 18 or June 19, as Granger and his troops arrived in Galveston Bay over those two days. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1st, 1863 it took a while for all the states to abide by it.

Juneteenth marks the historical end of slavery in the us dating back to 1865. However, the word of freedom did not reach the Confederate state of Texas until 1965, two years later. On this day, Granger announced "General Order No. 3". 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. "So I think not just African Americans, all cultures should learn about what the struggle was with Juneteenth and the ending of slavery", said Tommy Meeks, Juneteenth Coordinator.

In the 20th Century recognition of Juneteenth declined, only to find a resurgence during the Civil Rights Movement.

On Jan. 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas when state legislator Al Edwards proposed the bill.

Juneteenth marked the celebration of long-awaited freedom and would become one of our most joyous and important cultural events, with many elements of those early celebrations still a part of our modern-day festivities.

This is Centennial Christian Church and every year this congregation looks to the past at an historic event as they move to the future.


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