JUNETEENTH EVENTS, RESOURCES, AND CELEBRATIONS
This week we are celebrating Juneteenth, and Access will be taking a day off to commemorate this important historical day and holiday.
â€œJuneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincolnâ€™s Emancipation Proclamation â€“ which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Grangerâ€™s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance (Juneteenth.com/history).â€
To learn more or to celebrate check out the resources and events below:
- Grand Rapids Juneteenth 2021 Dickinson Park Dumumba
- Juneteenth Holland Event
- 1st Juneteenth Celebration – Joe Taylor Park
- Justice 4 Juneteenth Jam â€“ Ah-Nab-Awen Park