Friday, June 20th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
UWF Main Campus on the Cannon Greens. The rain location will be inside the Argo Galley.
Originating in Galveston Texas, Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Although Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves during the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863, the slaves were unaware. During that time there were no televisions or telephones to spread the word. Union Soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger traveled throughout the south to announce the message. On June 19th, 1865 (more than two years later) the Union soldier reached Galveston Texas and declared the freedom of the slaves.
Today Juneteenth is celebrated in cities across America. Events range from a day, to a week, and in some areas the entire month of June. Juneteenth is often recognized with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings.
Highlights of this years celebration will include the Pensacola Youth Steel Orchestra, narrative speaker Valerie Hollinger, the "Blessed" inspirational dancers, and free food.