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WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
JUNETEENTH IS A CELBRATION OF LIBERATION!
Also called Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of 250,000 enslaved black folks by federal troops in 1865.
Despite the Emancipation Proclamation putting an end to American slavery in 1863, it wasn't until June 19, 1865, that the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news they were free.
Following the Emancipation Proclamation, regions such as Texas continued the institution of slavery uninterrupted. Slave owners considered the state a safe haven for slavery, continuing the institution until U.S. General Gordon Granger delivered General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
Juneteenth is a day of liberation and joy. Communities across the country celebrate liberation and freedom with food, music, art, and being in community. The holiday serves as a reminder of the resilience and tenacity of our ancestors and honors their legacies.
We will be commemorating Juneteenth from June 16 - 18th in Fort Collins. Activities include a teen night, health and wellness events, live music, and community events.
Check out our Schedule of Events to learn more about our Juneteenth Celebration offerings and events. Check back regularly for schedule updates!
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