Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating 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 Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – 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 Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. (http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)
Today, I took a day of celebrate in my community. Most of the activities will occur this Saturday including the annual parade but there were some events that happened today. There were people in our community upset that they moved the major celebration to Saturday. This day was granted because there were people who cared enough to fight hard to get this day noted as a holiday. For the activities to be moved to the Saturday does not sit well with some of our community.
Personally, I would like the activities to happen on the 19th because the day of Emancipation is so significant. But I celebrated by remembering the importance of the day and I hope next year the activities will return to the actual 19th of June.
Be Creative Everday!