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What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900


Juneteenth is the remembrance and celebration of June 19th, 1865. The celebration marks the day in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Juneteenth celebrations are marked by parades, food, honoring ancestors, and music.

We look forward to celebrating this historic occasion next month within our beloved Central community!

Wednesday, June 5th
10am (BE 1110):
Opening Reception, Order of the Day, Invitation to the Ancestors
11am (BE 1110): “What is Juneteenth and Why We and Our Ancestors Celebrate It”
12-2pm (BE 1110): Community Feast and Entertainment
2-3:30pm (BE 1110): Intergenerational Talking Circle with Youth and Community Elders

Thursday, June 6th – 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
9-10am (BE 1110): Documentary & Facilitated Discussion with La Shonda Lipscomb
10-11am (BE 1110): Interactive Performance: Red Lineage by Natasha Marin
11am-12pm (BE 1110): Networking/Regrouping
12-1pm (Library Room A): Conversations on Social Issues: “The Legacy of Juneteenth: The Current Struggle for Black Liberation in Seattle” 
1pm (BE 1110): Closing Ceremony and Honoring the Ancestors

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

History of Slavery

America and slavery developed side-by-side; their shared history was developed 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). 

Writing on Freedom

Legacy of Slavery

Learning through Fiction

Remembering and Honoring Elders

Celebrate Juneteenth

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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