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i didnt know.


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Happy Juneteenth!
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Juneteenth could possibly be seen as the most significant event in American history after independence itself—the eradication of American slavery. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the word finally came down to slaves in Texas, the westernmost of the Confederate states.  Juneteenth became so significant in black communities in Texas that it inspired many to purchase and reserve a plot of land as a public park and celebration grounds.

Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land specifically for their communities and festive Juneteenth gatherings — including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.

Speeches were given, new works of art were created, dancing took place. Wagons were decorated with flowers and a parade would proceed around the park. In later years, automobiles were used to furnish rides around the race track, which encircled the outer edge of the parks. Now a century and half later these celebrations continue but have declined, yet these historic sites remain with memories of these rich cultural celebrations of public artistic expression among African-Americans.





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thanks southern

I've heard about juneteenth but not quite like that

This thread should be bigger 

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I used to love going to our Juneteenth celebration. Most of the people I know don't know the significance of Juneteeth they just went for the food, to be seen in the hottest gear and famous acts. I stopped going because I got tired of running from bullets but it's like the most anticipated event in the city for Blacks.
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We were discussing this earlier today. I love that picture of the former slaves celebrating the holiday posing in their Sunday best.Thumbs Up



*side eying the fukk outta public school admin that didn't teach this*
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When I first heard of it...I had no idea what it was.   And what's more is that the events we went to....nobody explained.  They just played spades and ate Bar b Que like any other Pic a Nic.
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I think I'd heard of Juneteenth but never understood what it was about/meant. It is not celebrated in my town either but I'm not surprised. 
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back home i went to the festival most years, i'm actually surprised that the festival has survived every year...i heard that a lot of states don't have celebrations.  it should get bigger though.  4th of july is NOTHING.
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Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

Originally posted by rickysrose rickysrose wrote:

explain juneteenth for non-americans (some non Americans too)


slaves didnt find out they were free til years after the Emancipation Proclamation b/c lincoln's document "freed" slaves in states he had no control over and not the ones he did.

the news to slaves in the south didnt come until years later (no twitter). hence juneteenth, the real celebration of freedom 


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anyway I feel like this needs to be a holiday that gives me a day off work.

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