Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 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.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
Resource for the above: juneteenth.com
Church of the Redeemer's Becoming Beloved Community Steering Committee recommends you celebrate Juneteenth this year with our community by attending one of the several events highlighted below:
Cincinnati Junteenth Festival: A series of in-person and virtual events held in-person and virtually.
Wade in the Water: On Sunday, June 13, join Juneteenth Cincinnati in recognizing the significant role of water in the 400-year history of African enslavement and the quest for freedom with a simple, symbolic dance on the Cincinnati waterfront. Visit the Junteenth Cincinnati website and Facebook page for more information.
Exodus-Reckoning: Saturday, June 19, an online interactive performance that reflects the unique and universal story of Cincinnati through ritual, song, and storytelling. Learn more here: https://www.inheiritance.org/cinci-exodus-reckoning
Springboro Juneteenth Jubilee: A family-friendly community celebration of shared history, freedom, and continued commitment to equity and inclusion for all. This event features three unique venues in Springboro, Ohio to include live music and performances, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Underground Railroad tours, local food trucks, prizes, and more.
Underground Railroad Tours: Explore real sites of the Underground Railroad. With map in hand, visit 5 unique sites on a self-guided tour where volunteers at each stop will teach you more about how our Quaker ancestors were able to help slaves on their path to freedom.