https://www.facebook.com/events/695053357987068/ Town of Andover Cormier Youth Center
40 Whittier St
Please join the Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices for a special evening of commemorating Juneteenth with historical presentations, spoken word, community conversations, open mic, & remember Black lives lost due to racial and systemic injustice.
The event will be taking place at Doherty Field. Please bring your families, masks, blankets, and join us for a special evening. Bottled water and light packaged snacks will be available. Parking is available.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free! This news came TWO years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the limited Union forces in Texas who could enforce it.
The celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members.
Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.
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