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Juneteenth celebration set for Friday

June 15, 2010


The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will host a Juneteenth celebration Friday night at Broken Arrow Park.

The event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include oral histories about Juneteenth, food, games and activities, a street dance and several informational booths from other community organizations.

Juneteenth actually is June 19, the day slavery was abolished in the United States.

Club members also will mark the emancipation date by making posters and writing essays.

The celebration is free and open to all ages.


arrisgan 7 years, 9 months ago

Check your facts, Juneteenth is when Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston announcing that slavery was abolished. 250,000 slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom. There was a reason to party!

Raider 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad you said this. Someone had to point it out. It's Texas Emancipation Day. Not when slavery was abolished in the United States. I wish the LJW would check their facts before writing a story.

Liberty275 7 years, 9 months ago

In other news, the war in the pacific ended when Japan surrendered on april 22nd, 1949.

beatrice 7 years, 9 months ago

Curious, why does one make you think of the other? Is it because of the Americans of Japanese heritage who were released from prison camps shortly after WWII ended? That has a Juneteenth sort of feel to it, I guess.

Liberty275 7 years, 9 months ago

The date of the end of the war in the pacific is still pretty well known. One didn't make me think of the other, one made me think of giving the wrong date for what was a significant event in American history.

You can hop off the conspiracy train. It isn't going anywhere.

beatrice 7 years, 9 months ago

Doh! Not lack of humor -- lack of coffee. I'm in Phoenix, two hours behind you, and it was too early for me to catch the obvious. I took it as an honest response, not an obvious joke. Terribly sorry there Liberty275.

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 9 months ago

Lately some of the LJWorld stories have a Wikipedia feel to them...LJWorld prints something, and then the people who actually know something about it post in the comments to provide the correct information. It's the LJWorldpedia!

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

Lately some of the LJWorld stories have a Wikipedia feel to them...LJWorld prints something, and then the people who actually know something about it post in the comments to provide the correct information. It's the LJWorldpedia!

---check! appalling that ljworld would make such an error. as this

perhaps my [following] understanding is the fault of some oral history, but I understood that Juneteenth marks the date on which the last slaves in Texas received news of their freedom, and that it involved a donkey and a man riding that donkey to get them the news. so, not a coastal location.

Juneteenth should be celebrated by all americans, not just blacks, the children of american slavery.

the cruel institution was harmful to the morals and ethics of the slaveholders. caused them to harbor and condone evil in their hearts.
the abuse suffered by slaves and their children is far more dramatic and obvious. but how different would our country be today if the founders had not made a compromise on slavery at the founding, and instead had somehow been able to make the U.S. slavery free?

then we get the uberliberal Bea totally humor impaired missing L275's joke!

L275: I got your joke right away, a joke on ljworld.

denak 7 years, 9 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong.....and I know you will, but I was always under the impression that there was no set day for Juneteenth. That it is called June teenth because most slaves did not know about the Emancipation Proclamation and that most slaves did not find out about it until the news traveled down to the south by word of mouth. Thus the day that slaves found out is unknown and thus, there is no specific day.


billbodiggens 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh for goodness sakes, people. Juneteenth is in celebration of the arrival and proclaiming of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. A copy of it was sent to Texas with federal troops on a ships which arrived in Galveston on June 18, 1865. The proclamation was first read in Texas the next day at a public ceremony. “Juneteenth” is simply a blending of the words “June” and “nineteenth.” It is one of those oh so simple blending of words that means the world to a significant portion of our population.

verity 7 years, 9 months ago

From " ©

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory."

Raider 7 years, 9 months ago

This is from the state archives of Texas. (not wikipedia) LJW- please do some research before writing an article. This is sort of like how folks think that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican Independence Day.

Quote: "JUNETEENTH. On June 19 ("Juneteenth"), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, thus belatedly bringing about the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Texas. The tidings of freedom reached slaves gradually as individual plantation owners read the proclamation to their bondsmen over the months following the end of the war. The news elicited an array of personal celebrations, some of which have been described in The Slave Narratives of Texas (1974). The first broader celebrations of Juneteenth were used as political rallies and to teach freed African Americanqv about their voting rights. Within a short time, however, Juneteenth was marked by festivities throughout the state, some of which were organized by official Juneteenth committees."

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