The Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that slaves were legally free, was issued on January 1st, 1863, but it could not be implemented in places still under confederate control. Because of this, enslavedpeople in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas would not be set free until over 2 years later. It was on June 19th, 1865 Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended, and the enslaved were now free. This day became known as “Juneteenth.”
In 1966, Texas freedmen organized the first “Jubilee Day” on June 19th, which would become an annual celebration for decades. Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It often features music, barbecues, prayer services, speeches and other activities.
Today, we celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate African American freedom and emphasize education and achievement. Join us today for our Juneteenth Event with brewingchangemn. We will have food from Snowmanbbq, live music from Michael Murphy, DJ DeeJay DJay, and BDaMan, and coldbrew from Gus Dean Coffee.