Juneteenth is this Friday, June 19th.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the enslaved were all free. It is important to note that this was 2 ½ years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. There are many versions as to why it took so long to inform all states and their citizens. This date marks the true date of emancipation for those enslaved in the outskirts of our young country.
Juneteenth commemorates this overdue declaration of freedom. The movement continues to grow in visibility through the celebration of African-American freedom and achievement. We believe that embracing diversity helps strengthen the entire community and makes Athens so special. Juneteenth is indeed an extraordinary opportunity to highlight the continued fight for freedom and equality.