Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Dating back into 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union Soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, TX with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after The Emancipation Proclaiming had little impact on the Texans due to 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.
Today, the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, founded 30 years ago, is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the United States, surpassing even the Texas Celebrations where Juneteenth is a state holiday.
The Twin Cities Juneteenth Underground Railroad Re-Enactment:
Underground Railroad date Friday June 16th, 2017 departure at 7pm and returns June 17th, 2017 at midnight. Take a journey through time and experience the perils, trials and dangers on the road to freedom.
Join us from 8am to 9am on June 17th, 2017 for the free Rotary Club Continental Breakfast at the North Mississippi Regional Park near the pavilion. Get a good meal on a first come, first serve basis and get excited about the festival. Books will be placed out so you can learn about the Juneteenth history.
Naomi Richmond - will bring Juneteenth alive at the Juneteenth Festival. Register early so you will be guaranteed a seat.
Juneteenth will be offering a kiddy corner for the kids to hang out. This corner will offer face painting and supervised swim pool for children of all ages to enjoy.
“The Wilderness Inquiry” will be offering free canoe training & rides down the Mississippi river.
There will be live band during all these highlight.