Juneteenth Event

Juneteenth re-enactment tours
Juneteenth re-enactment tours
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Booker T. Washington National Monument
12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101
Region Blue Ridge Highlands
Locality Franklin County
Saturday, June 21, 2014 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Phone: (540) 721-2094
Website www.nps.gov/bowa

This celebration commemorates the release of approximately four million people of African descent from the bonds of slavery after the end of the Civil War. Booker T. Washington remembered the great day of emancipation stating his mother “was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed her children, while tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She explained to us what it all meant, that this was the day for which she had been so long praying, but fearing that she would never live to see.” This life changing moment occurred between April and May of 1865. Sadly, everyone held in the bonds of slavery did not share the same sweet story. In some areas of the country the news did not spread very quickly. For these areas, it took months. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to issue General Order 3. This order did what the Emancipation Proclamation intended to do in January of 1863. All enslaved Africans were freed. Celebrations erupted in Texas! This is the celebration of Juneteenth. The event is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be selling a variety of food, drinks, and desserts at this event.

Last Updated: 1/27/2014 1:28 PM
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