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Happy Juneteenth

 

Today is June the 19th. Junteenth is a Holiday  celebrated mostly in  Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington and Wyoming.Are you still answering  yourself what is Junteenth? In this  United States, slavery began shortly after the first English colonists arrived and lasted until the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1, 1863  On that date Texas was largely controlled by forces fighting for the Confederate States, which opposed the abolition of slavery.On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived to take control of Texas and enforce the emancipation of slaves in the state.In Galveston, Texas, the newly freed slaves held large public celebrations and so laid the base for future Juneteenth activities.

 


After 1865, Juneteenth was mainly celebrated in Texas. Parks have been established on land bought by former slaves to hold Juneteenth celebrations in the Texan cities of Austin, Houston and Mexia.
Juneteenth celebrations are also held in Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

There are a variety of activities that people do the weekend before Juneteeth  such as 

  • Baseball games.
  • Pot luck outdoor cookouts, barbecues or picnics.
  • Workplace lunches.
  • Rodeos.
  • Neighborhood or block parties.
  • Community flag raising ceremonies.
  • Juneteenth displays in city halls, libraries, schools and post offices.
  • Essay or artwork competitions for young people.
  • Presentations of community service awards.
  • The distribution of Juneteenth buttons, t-shirts, mugs and bags.     
 
 For more on Juneteenth [Click Here]
 
 

What do you plan to do for Juneteeth or what are your experiences from this Holiday?





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Source[wikipedia.org] 

 


 




 

 

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