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Booker T. Washington National Monument Juneteenth Celebration

June 18, 2021 - June 19, 2021

This celebration commemorates the release of approximately four million people of African descent from the bonds of slavery after the end of the Civil War. Booker T. Washington remembered the great day of emancipation stating his mother “was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed her children, while tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She explained to us what it all meant, that this was the day for which she had been so long praying, but fearing that she would never live to see.” This life changing moment occurred between April and May of 1865.
Sadly, everyone held in the bonds of slavery did not share the same sweet story. In some areas of the country the news did not spread very quickly. For these areas, it took months. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to issue General Order 3. This order did what the Emancipation Proclamation intended to do in January of 1863. All enslaved Africans were freed. Celebrations erupted in Texas! This is the celebration of Juneteenth.
This year’s event will be virtual on the park’s YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMb4ZrIWiVzG-Ty4yFLLVrw or it can be found on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/BOWA. Gospel music groups will include Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven and The Joy Bells. There will be a park ranger sharing information about Juneteenth and a person portraying Booker’s mother Jane in the kitchen cabin.

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June 18, 2021
June 19, 2021
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