COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Columbus digital artist Davian Chester didn't think a piece he created a few weeks ago would receive the attention that it did.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is commemorating the end of slavery with a day of events in Portsmouth.
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is permanently recognizing Juneteenth, the cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black people in the United States.
2 Buffalo police officers struck and injured by ATV
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police say two Buffalo police officers have been hospitalized after being struck by a man driving erratically on an ATV.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
New Hampshire governor recognizes Juneteenth day
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has recognized June 19 as "Juneteenth Day" in New Hampshire to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
The governor's proclamation Tuesday follows a preliminary report from Sununu's Diversity and Inclusion Council, which noted that most states acknowledge Juneteenth in some way. There have been federal efforts to recognize Juneteenth as an official national holiday.
Today in History for June 19th
Monticello to open new exhibits at weekend event
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Six new exhibits and restored spaces are set to open for the first time during a day of special programming at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire residents feel the state doesn't offer a welcoming environment for everyone and the governor's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion recommended Thursday that officials should review the holidays the state observes and include gender identity in several anti-discrimination statutes.
TV’s ‘black-ish’ makes an issue of ‘Juneteenth,’ US holidays
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Juneteenth fails to ring a bell, the season debut episode of ABC's "black-ish" should fix that.
With animation, musical numbers and help from The Roots and Aloe Blacc, the sitcom delves into the holiday that marks June 19, 1865, the date on which a Union Army general ordered laggard Texas to put a stop to slavery in the months following the Civil War's end.
The Juneteenth observance Saturday featured a parade and other ceremonies to honor African-American ancestors and contemporaries as Philadelphia continued its long tradition of commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dignitaries mounted the stage for speeches and placed a wreath at Independence Mall as part of the festivities. Nationwide, events marked the day of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were free.
San Jacinto County celebrated Juneteenth's 152nd anniversary on Saturday, June 17, on the Coldspring Courthouse square complete with reflections on its importance and a parade through the streets.
Juneteenth is a day that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Although it is typically celebrated on June 19, The Friends of Hopewell holds it on the Saturday closest to Juneteenth.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some men serving long sentences in a Nebraska state prison have gathered for Juneteenth, a day dedicated to celebrating freedom from slavery.
DALLAS (AP) — Communities across the state have celebrated Juneteenth with flags, food and historic remembrances of when Texas slaves learned they were free.
On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston to declare Texas slaves free, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Organizers say more than 200 people attended a prayer breakfast Monday in Galveston at the Ashton Villa, site of the city's Juneteenth monument.
Families unite for a day of entertainment and celebration at Beaumont’s annual Juneteenth event
The grounds in Tyrrell Park were filled with groups of families and friends, the smoke from their grills and pots soaring up into the air, as they gathered for the City of Beaumont's annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday. The holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas as well as the broader emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. The Parks and Recreation Department event featured activities for children, snacks, as well as musical performances onstage throughout the day.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. To mark the occasion, the University of Iowa’s Arts Share students have created a play based on two landmark Iowa civil rights cases in Keokuk history.
Today in History for June 19th
Birthday girl helps crowd officially celebrate Juneteenth for the first time
Ruth Curtis, one of the founders of the Black Heritage Foundation, celebrated her 85th birthday Saturday at South Park in Billings with about 60 others.
Most of the 60 weren’t aware of Curtis’ milestone. They were present to celebrate Montana’s first official observance of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Restoring the Valley’s only black cemetery led to Edinburg’s annual Juneteenth celebration
EDINBURG — For years, Lewis Callis, a retired mail carrier, pushed his lawnmower down the street for blocks toward a small, run-down cemetery, which is believed to be the Valley’s only black cemetery.
A group of local kids came together Saturday to have fun while learning about African-American history and heritage.
The Center for African American History, Arts and Culture in Aiken hosted its first Juneteenth Education Camp on Saturday. The event was held at the center located at 120 York St. N.E.
Jo-Anne Saunders, executive director of the center, had been organizing the Juneteenth Festival held each year at Perry Park, but said she decided to go in a different direction this year.
EDINBURG — There will be two events held here this year to commemorate Juneteenth, the annual celebration that marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery at the end of the Civil War.
The day will begin with a memorial service at 9:30 a.m. at Edinburg’s African-American Restlawn Cemetery. It is located in the northwest corner of the Hillcrest Cemetery at 1701 E. Richardson Road.
Billings to celebrate anniversary of final state’s adoption of Emancipation Proclamation
Billings’ Juneteenth celebration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at South Park, Sixth Avenue South and Broadway Avenue South.
Pastor Melvin Terry of the Black Heritage Foundation of Yellowstone County said the event recognizes the day that the final state, Texas, agreed to President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, in June 1863.
Missouri City to celebrate ‘largest in nation’ Juneteenth festival this weekend
Missouri City will host the 15th year of what has become known as the largest Juneteenth celebration in the nation this weekend. The multiple-day event celebrates the day, June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers finally brought news of the emancipation of enslaved people to Texas, nearly two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Local kids are invited to celebrate history and heritage at a Juneteenth Education Camp this weekend.
The event is free and will be held on Saturday at the Center for African American History, Arts and Culture located at 120 York Street N.E. in Aiken, said Jo-Anne Saunders, executive director of the center.
The education camp will be children ages 7 to 16 and registration begins at 10 a.m., Saunders said.
BRIDGEPORT — Music thundered through Harbor Yard as the 25th annual Juneteenth Parade and Festival rolled off Saturday at noon.
The Juneteenth African-American Caribbean Parade and Festival celebrates the freeing of the last slaves were freed in the United States on June 19, 1865, according to the Juneteenth of Fairfield County website.
Although it happened nearly two-and-a-half years late, our ancestors in Texas eventually became “woke” about their freedom. But their descendants, meaning us, throughout America are still broke or at least we act like it.
On June 17 scores of Philadelphians will march through the streets of Germantown, starting where the country’s first protest against slavery was held in 1688. Day-long festivities will mark the 152nd commemoration of the end of U.S. slavery and center on Johnson House, which once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
BRIDGEPORT — The “most diverse parade in Fairfield County” is set for noon on Saturday.
The 25th annual Juneteeth Parade will begin and end at Harbor Yard, according to a press release. The parade will begin on Broad Street from the Harbor Yard north. It will continue to Fairfield Avenue, turn east for two blocks, then head south on Main Street to finish at Harbor Yard.
Penn Wood grad promotes unity, love as Black power preservationist
During a recent Facebook live broadcast from the birthplace of #RBGFridays, in the middle of Broad and Girard Streets’ intersection, Ron “Redz Da Ruler” Green greeted passing cars and handed out literature for an upcoming Juneteenth celebration.
“Black power!” Green shouted, holding a red, black and green Pan-African flag. “What’s up African, how you?” he greeted a driver stopped at one of the city’s most busiest intersections.
Looking to build on the momentum of last year’s Universal Juneteenth Parade and Festival in the heart of the city, local planners, hoping to see the holiday become nationally recognized, are adding a theme song that they believe will help turn the dream into reality.