5 facts about Juneteenth, marking the last day of slavery

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

On June 19, 1865 - more than two years later - Union soldiers entered Galveston, Texas, and told many people who thought they were still slaves that they were free.

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. Communities and organizations throughout the country organize events to celebrate June 19, 1865. Louisiana is one of 45 states to recognize Juneteenth as a special day in history.

For 79-year-old life-long East Austin resident Leroy Chambers - Juneteenth means he meets old friends.

This Juneteenth, we celebrate 152 years since long-awaited freedom finally came for so many in the State of Texas. Even without national recognition, though, Juneteenth is a fully fledged holiday, complete with a traditional menu.

"Today symbolizes a lot, not just for the African American community, but for people of color as a whole. We're talking about our past, our present, our future and we're trying to keep people focused on freedom", Juneteenth Parade Chairman Oscar Vicks said. In 1866, communities in Texas began celebrating the emancipation.

"On Juneteenth 2017, we honor the countless contributions made by African Americans to our Nation and pledge to support America's promise as the land of the free". "Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand". "It finally got down here and we ought to be enjoying this time where God allowed us to be free".

Emancipation Day commemorates the day when the majority America's black slave population was freed in belated response to the Emancipation Proclamation. While it is not as well-known or widely taught in schools as other dates in history, it is one of the most important.

Not Gaddy, owner of I Drum 2 U in Augusta, held an African drum workshop for the kids at the event.

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