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Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 and announced that slaves in Texas were freed. This was 2 1/2 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although, the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, had “established that all enslaved people in States still in rebellion against the Union shall be then, thenceforward and forever be free,” in reality, slavery had continued in Texas.

Juneteenth today, celebrates Black peoples’ freedom, their striving, achievements, and continuous self-development and is an opportunity for people of all cultures to come together and celebrate freedom as Americans. On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official holiday in Texas, and since that time, a growing number of state and local governments throughout the United States have officially recognized and celebrated Juneteenth in a variety of ways. It has now also become a national holiday established by the United States Congress. Juneteenth is also known as the “oldest nationally celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U. S” and is celebrated every year on June 19th. (Juneteenth.com; Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc)
 
Juneteenth Programs in Burlington County:

  • Burlington, NJ – Burlington Freedom Day – Sunday June 19, 2022 2PM; Sunday June 19,2022, 7PM Burlington Riverfront Promenade.
  • Willingboro, NJ – Free program at the Willingboro Library June 17,2022 at 7 PM. Alma Day of the River Line Players will portray “Miss Weeza” in a Freedom Day Jubilee.
  • Willingboro NJ – Juneteenth Festival June 18 ,2022 12-4 PM at Millcreek Park.
  • Cherry Hill, NJ – 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration at Croft Farm. Soulful Yoga from 8:30-9:30 am; Parade at 10am followed by festivities, that will include music, a petting zoo and food trucks until 5 pm.
  • Moorestown, NJ – 3rd annual Juneteenth celebration, Perkins Center for the Arts, Saturday, June 18 at 10 am.