Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
Why Are We Celebrating?
In keeping with this 150-year-old tradition of celebration, the Peace Center’s Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration is an outward symbol of fellowship and recognition of the significance this day holds in the African American community and American History. Celebrations such as this, drive our mission of representing our vastly diverse community through the arts.