Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Come celebrate this momentous day with fun, food, music and other activities on June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park in Santa Rosa.
Special activities: Live entertainment, food, basketball games, arts and crafts, dominoes, kids activities, health and fitness presentations and more.
Special entertainment: “Children of Africa,” a play of children's slave narratives. This is an interactive performance between actors and audience, which will provide a deeper understanding of what children experienced during the time of slavery. Presented by Legacy Showcases, The DrumGhana & Dance Ensemble and Rebel Blues Radio.
Special scholarship presentation from Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Foundation (EOT): EOT receives donations from people like you and our local sponsors, who help provide scholarships and create mentoring programs to local high school and college students. We received our 501(3) in 2013, but have been providing support to the community before that as a project of North Bay Black Chamber Of Commerce since 2008. EOT is, specifically designed to provide support to local youth programs, mentoring and scholarships for high school and college students. At this event EOT will be providing three scholarships for students of Sonoma County.
When and where: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park, 1671 Hendley St., Santa Rosa.