Wednesday June 19, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
UWF Pensacola Main Campus- Cannon Greens
**In anticipation of inclement weather, the celebration has been moved to the UWF Commons Auditorium (Bldg. 22)**
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.
Refreshments will be provided for this event. This event is open and free to all interested.