All ages are welcome to join us at the Robbins House for our second celebration of the African American holiday, Juneteenth
Live reenactment of Miss Ellen Garrison, Concord public school student, teacher, and social justice advocate
Music, art, crafts, refreshments. The Robbins House is located at 320 Monument Street, Concord, MA (opposite The Old Manse and the North Bridge.
The History of Juneteenth – the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S.
January 1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln announced, “that on the 1st day of January 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state… shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.”
January & April 1865 – However it would take the passage of the 13th Amendment in January 1865 and end of the Civil War in April 1865 to end the brutal institution of African America slavery.
June 19, 1865 – After the Civil War ended most enslaved people in Texas were still unaware of their freedom. This changed when Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865. When the enslaved people of Texas were finally told about the Emancipation Proclamation that had freed them 2½ years ago,
“We all walked down the road singing and shouting to beat the band,” a Texas freedwoman recounted. “Black men pitched their hats high in the muggy June air,”
according to another report.
1866 – Freed African Americans observed ‘Emancipation Day,” as early as 1866 in Galveston. As community gatherings grew across Texas, the celebration included parades, prayer, singing, and readings of the proclamation.
1979 – Juneteenth became a Texas state holiday in 1979. Initially observed in Texas, this landmark event’s legacy is evident today by worldwide commemorations.
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