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Happy Juneteenth, Greensboro!

Jun 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Feature
Juneteenth

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Some know about Juneteenth, but for those who aren’t quite sure, Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration on June 19th that acknowledges the ending of slavery in 1865. It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day but in my personal opinion, Juneteenth sounds better. There are 41 states that recognize the day as either a state holiday or state holiday observance and thankfully, North Carolina is one of them.

Although the effective date for the Emancipation Proclamation was set for January 1, 1863, it obviously took a while for all of the slaves to receive their freedom. On June 18th, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take over the state and enforce the freedom of the slaves in Texas. The following day, it was read aloud that the slaves were indeed free and they celebrated in the streets. The next year was when Juneteenth celebrations really began and it has spread throughout the country ever since.

As you can see, Juneteenth is a very important holiday that unfortunately not many people know about. So whether or not you have known about this holiday for a while or just found out what is through reading this post, go out and celebrate. No matter who you are or what your background is, celebrate the fact that you are FREE! There are a few celebrations going on here in the Triad that began in earnest last weekend.

Saturday, June 23rd in High Point, the CarlĀ Chavis YMCA will host its annual Juneteenth celebration from 4-7:30 PM. Festivities will include live entertainment, games and prizes for kids, dancing, food, and more. Read more here.

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