Discover Juneteenth History & Celebrations

Juneteenth celebrates the official end to slavery with the reading of General Order #3 in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. The order liberated all slaves and a huge celebration followed. This celebration turned into a tradition that is widely celebrated across America. Juneteenth marks the end of the Civil War and celebrates the freedom and equality earned by the Union, which included more than 200,000 black troops.

The 6th Annual Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth Celebration will be at Hillcrest Community Center and Park, 1800 SW 21st St., on Sat, June 15,  noon-8pm. The celebration features gospel artist Boy Big, KTWU Executive Director Eugene Williams and WIBW Multimedia Journalist and singer Deneysha Richard. Genealogy librarian Sherri Camp will also attend and share history information. There will be plenty of entertainment for the family with live music, raffles, vendors, food trucks and Kid Zone.

In 2014 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent. The goal of this proclamation is to foster a society free of racial discrimination with enriched equal opportunity. This year the 400 Years of African-American History Commission will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans to North America.

The commission chairman Dr. Joseph L. Green said, “We are celebrating a people who overcame adversity and impossible odds. We want to use this moment to create legacy, to build people and communities.”

Attend this year’s Topeka Juneteenth Celebration to connect with the Topeka community and learn more about African American history.

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Washburn University Journalism student Sarah Miller is our communications intern for winter 2019.