Juneteenth Celebrations on the RISE!
Juneteenth is upon us! Plus Juneteenth is now a federal holiday! This is exciting news because now that working folks can enjoy a day off, there should be an uptick in the number of public celebrations and attendance at those celebrations. In the city of Atlanta, there will be a large celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. In Dekalb county, where our family lives, I have also noticed more announcements of celebrations. Being a federal holiday also means more Americans will have opportunity to learn about this off day. A recent poll showed that there is more interest in learning about Juneteenth. With that in mind, let me share a couple quick notes. First, Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) celebrates the day on which General Order Number 3 was delivered to the last of slave-holding states that were also members of the Confederacy in Galveston, Texas. States like Delaware, Kentucky and Maryland had slavery but did not join the Confederacy so they held slaves after this date. 2nd this is the 157th year in celebration of Juneteenth making it one of the nations oldest celebrations. We've been celebrating Juneteenth longer than Groundhog's Day.
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