Juneteenth Celebration

All community members are invited and welcome to attend!

Event Details

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15, 2024, and join us for this community celebration!

Check out some photos from our previous Juneteenth events!

Juneteenth History

On January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union. This paved the way for the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery in our nation on December 6, 1865.

Following the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery continued to remain deeply entrenched in the South. As the Union army advanced into the South, the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced . On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining enslaved people in the state of Texas.

In 1866, formerly enslaved Texans began celebrating this historic day. Observance of June 19th — quickly shortened to “Juneteenth” among celebrants — has traditionally featured food, fun, and a focus on self-improvement and education. As early as 1872, Juneteenth had become a firmly entrenched custom in Harris County, Texas. Although initially associated with Texas and other Southern states, the Civil Rights Era and the Poor People’s March to Washington D.C. in 1968, in addition to out-migration, helped spread the tradition across America.

On January 1st, 1980, Texas made Juneteenth an official holiday, becoming the first to grant it government recognition. Currently, 49 of the 50 states recognize Juneteenth. Texas, New York, Virginia, Washington, and Illinois have it as a paid holiday.

Juneteenth supporters continue to grow in number and diversity. Today, Juneteenth is promoted as a commemoration of African American freedom, and an example and encouragement of self-development and respect for all cultures.

To learn more about Juneteenth, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture website.

Black History Month Presentation
Interested in being a Vendor at this event?

The Lodge accepts and invites businesses, community service, and non-profit organizations to participate in this outdoor event as informational and resource providers. For-profit organizations may participate only in advertising and sharing information about their goods and services. Providers are allotted a maximum space of 15’ x 15’ at no cost. For all groups/individuals, for-profit and non-profit, the criteria for inclusion are:

  1. Must have products and/or services that benefit the community.
  2. No retail or wholesale trading.
  3. Must supply your equipment, i.e., tent/booth, tables, chairs, informational material, products, and other relevant supplies and equipment.
  4. Must conduct your setup and breakdown.
  5. Must staff your booth during the event.
  6. Must have licenses, permits, and liability insurance, as required.
  7. Must provide own power source, if needed.

To apply to be a vendor at this event, please complete the application linked below! Completed applications should be sent to Lester Dickson at lester.dickson@yahoo.com or Melvin Butler at mwec97@yahoo.com .

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