Guam's black professional organizations unite for Juneteenth event

Erika Turner
June 20, 2017

On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas first heard of their freedom almost three years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event will also include a presentation of the Texas Emancipation Proclamation by the 2nd Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops Living History Association. This day is important to us because it was the ending of slavery, and it's important to the community because not too many people know about Juneteenth.

Texas did not follow the order until Union General Gordon Granger read the famed General Order Number 3.

Joe Turner, a mentor with MEM, said the organization exemplifies Juneteenth's theme this year "Unity in the Community".

Gainesville residents celebrated a historic landmark of freedom Saturday with the annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at the Midtown Greenway.

The Juneteenth celebration dates back to June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers stopped in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and all slaves were now free, according to www.juneteenth.com. Yet many people may not actually know just what the day is, what it celebrates, or why it still matters. "I think the problem is people stop talking and just remain angry", said Walls.

Though the Civil War had ended, many African-Americans remained enslaved in Texas until the US military arrived.

As Juneteenth is approaching, all kinds of celebrations are taking place all over the great Houston area on Sunday.

Though President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, news traveled slowly from Washington, D.C., to the southern states.

Organizers say more than 200 people attended a prayer breakfast Monday in Galveston at the Ashton Villa, site of the city's Juneteenth monument.

It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Following a parade, residents filled the park for food, music and a auto show.

Today numerous activities to celebrate continue in tradition. Decades of collective action would follow as equality and justice for African-Americans advanced slowly, frustratingly, gradually, on our nation's journey toward a more flawless union.

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