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Juneteenth History and Celebration

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Juneteenth  (2021 Events below)

A remembrance and celebration of June 19th, 1865. It is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day.

In Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration Image1863, Abraham Lincoln's final Emancipation Proclamation frees the enslaved people but not all. On June 19th, 1865 the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were given the news that slavery had ended. 


“...all slaves are free in Texas and that there would be an absolute equality of personal rights of property between former slaves and master.” 

- Major General Gordon Granger, Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865
(General Order No. 3)


Juneteenth is celebrated by parades, food, honoring ancestors, and music.

While Seattle Central College continues to operate remotely, we invite you to join our celebration on Wednesday, June 9th, and Thursday, 10th, 2021 at 10:30 am. See below for details.

Image Source: Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas. Image from The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Remembering and Honoring Elders

Legacy of Slavery

Juneteenth 2021 Events

Juneteenth Events

https://beloved4all.org/juneteenth-events

Northwest African American Museum

Juneteenth 2021 Artist Collective

Juneteenth honors and celebrates the emancipation of the enslaved people in the United States. The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusivity Committee of the Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass, alongside the Northwest African American MuseumOne Vibe Africa and Wa Na Wari, are celebrating this day by raising the voices of Black and African American artists in an Artist Collective broadcast premiering on Friday, June 18

 

Juneteenth Jamboree

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NAAM and Rec'N The Streets (City of Seattle Parks & Rec) present the Juneteenth Jamboree! Full of family fun, recreation, and activity from local professional sports teams, this will be a Juneteenth you won't forget!


North Seattle College

Saturday, June 19th, 2021
North Seattle College Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is joyfully inviting you to celebrate a few important events happening on our campus.

Honoring the 2021 Graduates,
Celebrating Juneteenth
(11:30am-2:00pm)

and our partnership with
Urban Native Education Alliance- Clear Sky Rites of Passage (2:00pm-5:00pm).

Register in advance:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocO2ppz8iE9DVrL5_ui5uRUMRjdvbkIN3 no

Please let us know if you will be joining us either by zoom or in person by registering above.  We will be serving food from a proud, Black owned business, Catfish Corner.

Food will be served from Seattle’s First Native food truck, Off the Rez. Please join us in celebrating our Clear Sky students! RSVP with Brooke Stromme bestromme@gmail.com.  

News and Articles

History of Slavery

The U.S. slavery and the United States' wealth and structure development were intertwined and depended upon free labor; this shared history was created by edicts and constitutions, as well as by the actions and reactions of individuals.

Learn more about the history of slavery with this interactive timeline by THIRTEEN Media (PBS). 

Juneteenth Across the Country

In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday. Now, many states observe Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of observance. From https://www.govinfo.gov/

Alabama                  2011

Alaska                     2001

Arizona                   2016

Arkansas                2005

California                2002

Colorado                 2004

Connecticut            2003

Delaware                 2000

Washington D.C.    2003

Florida                    1991

Georgia                   2011

Idaho                       2001

Illinois                     2003

Indiana                    2010

Iowa                        2002

Kansas                   2007

Kentucky               2005

Louisiana              2003

Maine                     2011

Maryland               2014

Massachusetts     2007

Michigan               2005

Minnesota            1996

Mississippi           2010

Missouri               2003

Montana               2017

Nebraska              2009

Nevada                  2011

New Jersey           2004

New Mexico          2006

New York              2004

North Carolina     2007

Ohio                      2009

Oklahoma             1994

Oregon                  2001

Pennsylvania        2011

Rhode Island        2013

South Carolina     2007

Tennessee            2007

Texas                    1980

Utah                      2016

Vermont               2008

Virginia                2007

Washington         2007

West Virginia       2008

Wisconsin            2009

Wyoming              2003

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