Juneteenth Celebration – Juneteenth, portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Why Juneteenth Is Celebrated | What is Juneteenth:
In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday under legislation introduced by freshman Democratic state representative Al Edwards. Juneteenth is a “partial staffing” holiday in Texas; government offices do not close but agencies may operate with reduced staff, and employees may either celebrate this holiday or substitute it with one of four “optional holidays” recognized by Texas.
At the time of the American Civil War, on September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It announced that all enslaved persons in the Confederate States of America in rebellion and not in Union hands were get independent. This excluded the five states known as border states, which were the four “slave states” not in rebellion – Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and Missouri – and these counties of Virginia soon to form the state of West Virginia, and also the three zones under Union occupation: the state of Tennessee, lower Louisiana, and Southeast Virginia.
Texas was not a battleground, and Planters and other slaveholders had moved into Texas from eastern states to escape the war, and many brought enslaved people with them, increasing by the thousands the enslaved population in the state at the end of the Civil War. By 1865, there were an estimated 250,000 enslaved people in Texas.
“June 19th has been celebrated by the African-American community for over 150 years in the South and Southwest. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is the name given to emancipation day by African-Americans in Texas,” the city Texas said in a Facebook post.
The post continued, “In recognition of the importance of this day to African-Americans, the Watauga Mayor, Art Miner, will be issuing a Proclamation declaring the 19th of June as JUNETEENTH in Watauga during a ceremony on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of Watauga City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road, Watauga, TX 76148. All interested parties are invited to attend.”
Juneteenth Celebration Tweets:
Shelby Ivey Christie tweeted, “Thread in light of #Juneteenth Post civil war/early 20th century black style is not something we see often. Harriet Tubman’s great-nieces Eva Katherine Stewart Northup + Alida Maud Stewart. Harriet helped to raise them. This was at Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913” and
Aida Overton Walker gave us those black Edwardian vibez that we looooove! She was born in 1860, before the Emancipation Proclamation, but when on to be a vaudeville dancer, singer + actress in Harlem
Beautifully outfitted always. Peep those pearls!”
Eric Swalwell tweeted, “Today as we celebrate #Juneteenth and reflect upon the end of slavery 154 years ago, we must acknowledge that the fight for racial equality in the United States is not over. We must confront white supremacy in America and continue to push for freedom and justice for all.”
Keith Boykin tweeted, “In 1860, 80 percent of the nation’s gross national product was tied to slavery. Yet in return for nearly 250 years of toil, African Americans had received nothing but…forced subjugation.” – Carol Anderson, White Rage
Ronna McDaniel tweeted, “As we honor 400 years of African American history, may we reflect on the resilience and cultural contributions of the African American community. In reflecting on the wrongs of our nation’s past, we are reminded of the importance of equal opportunity for all. #Juneteenth”
Jayar Jackson tweeted, “Celebrating #Juneteenth today. A day that I wish was celebrated by a broader segment of Americans, as it commemorates the end of possibly the darkest period of our history. We shouldnt ignore our institutional failures out of pride, or we may miss them reappearing in other forms”
Whereas, #Juneteenth is a time to reflect on our nation’s progress as well as our unfinished work in ensuring that the rights of all who call our nation home are protected under the law.
— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter_) June 19, 2019