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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – JUNE 18, 2022

Time: TBA
Douglass High School Campus, 115 Forrest St.

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, and commemorates the anniversary of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army General Gordon Granger that the Civil War was over aand mnd that the enslaved were now free. While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery in the United States on January 1, 1863, the announcement relied on Union troops to help spread the news. Unfortunately, this historic news did not reach many – including the citizens of Texas - for some time. As the news of freedom spread, celebrations occurred throughout the country. In later years, descendants of those who first participated in those historic celebrations soon began referring to the occasion as ‘Juneteenth.’

This free community-wide event includes live entertainment, food, a car show, vendors, and more. For vendor information or more details, please email JuneteenthofThomasville@gmail.com.

Informational Links:

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth