JUNETEENTH Freedom Festival, this Saturday June 20th

June 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

JuneteenthPosterBY S.T.A.R. MEMBER, BRUCE BRYAN

June the 19th has been a special day for me since 2003. It was the day the adoption of my third child – Timothy – became official.  He would be my son forever, from that day forward.
Long before that day had meaning for me, it had special meaning for many others.  You see, even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been in effect since January 1, 1863, word had not reached Texas.  In 1865 slavery was a common practice in that large state.  Union General Gordon Granger and the 2,000 soldiers working with him came into Galveston, Texas and released the slaves into freedom on June 19th.  They were some of the last slaves to be set free.

The celebration continues 144 years later each June 19th only with the special name “Juneteenth”.  Virginia is one of 26 state recognizing it as a state holiday.  Here in Roanoke, there are actually a number of opportunities to enjoy and recognize this momentous occasion.  Hopefully you will consider breaking away from your crowded schedule to check out some of the fun here in the Valley.  You’ll likely meet new people and enjoy some new experiences.

This month STAR, one of four Community Connector Programs, is highlighting the Juneteenth Events in our area.  STAR is celebrating the Spirit of Tolerance & Arts in the Region and we hope you’ll join us this June.

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  • 1. Stephanie Koehler  |  June 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Great posting! We’ll be there to celebrate.

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MAY - Local Colors... JUNE - Juneteenth... JULY - On The Edge (Floyd, VA)... AUG - Steppin' Out (Blacksburg, VA)... SEPT - Henry Street Festival, Pride Parade... OCT - Bridgewalk, Latino Festival... NOV -Open Doors Series.... DEC - Taubman Museum/Wine and Wonder... JAN - Writer's Series... FEB - Harrison Museum - Black History Month... MAR -Interfaith Event... APR/MAY - Down by Downtown STAR Festival

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