Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, but the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t apply to all states in the USA. The 13th Amendment brought an end to slavery. Wochit
Juneteenth is on Friday, June 19. The word “Juneteenth” is a combination of the month and day the holiday falls on.
In 2019, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 9, formerly House Bill 619, which designates June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania.
“While Independence Day marks the conception of a free nation, Juneteenth is a celebration of the fulfillment of this ideal through the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Gov. Wolf in a press release.
“In honoring this day, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made to give us freedom, while realizing the importance of continuing to build a nation that truly reflects the self-evident truth that all people are created equal.”
What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger informed a reluctant community in Galveston, Texas, that President Abraham Lincoln had freed enslaved Americans in rebel states two and a half years earlier. He pressed locals to comply with the directive.
Although Lincoln proclaimed the emancipation of slaves, effective Jan. 1, 1863, slave owners were responsible for telling their slaves that they were free, and some ignored the order until Union troops arrived to enforce it, according to Cliff Robinson, founder of Juneteenth.com. Texas was the last Confederate state to have the proclamation announced.
Though the story of Texas’ emancipation is the most widely known, Williams said, other significant events in the history of emancipation took place on and around that date. He said the first known Juneteenth celebrations began in 1866 and spread across the country as African Americans migrated to new cities.
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Today, 47 states and Washington, D.C., recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday. Juneteenth celebrations have been seen in episodes of television shows such as “Black-ish” and “Atlanta”.
Activists push for wider recognition, including a designation as a national holiday and an acknowledgment by Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
“Federal recognition is really what our job is,” Steve Williams, president of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation told USA Today.
Juneteenth events in central Pa.
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Chambersburg Square located at 100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201
What: Juneteenth Love Demonstration is being coordinated by Racial Reconciliation and registrants are encouraged to wear masks, bring chalk, and to wear the demonstration t-shirt with jeans. Questions? Email Erin Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ located at 205 West Main Street, Dallastown, Pennsylvania 17313
What: The Southern York County Juneteenth Rally Against Racism will include guest speakers and live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and to park in the church parking lot.
Time: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Where: Organizers are meeting at Hanover Square and then marching to Writ Park.
What: There will be a DJ, guest speakers, children’s crafts, food, voter registration and more at Writ Park.
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: South Hill Park located at 1100 S. Lebanon Avenue, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
What: Protest at the Courthouse is hosting this event and welcoming all to bring their own food and play at the recreational courts located at the park.
Time: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Voni Grimes Gym located at 125 E College Ave, York, PA 17401
What: This Juneteenth Celebration will include live music, artist performances, black owned business vendors and food while it last.
USA Today contributed to this article.
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a trends reporter in central Pennsylvania. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, features, and taco fandom. Contact her at email@example.com, 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411.
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