Juneteenth is America’s second Independance Day Celebration and is the oldest African American holiday commemorating the day when the last major vestige of slavery was abolished following the end of the Civil War.
Minneapolis holds one of the largest celebrations in the United States. This year’s event was held June 19 at North Mississippi Regional Park.
Activities included stages of live music, food, art, readings, history villages, parade and community booths.
Simmond’s Family Venture in their first year at the Juneteenth festival
(L) Raphael Dunlop, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder volunteer; (R) Juneteenth commemorative shirt
Audience at early morning dance performance at one of the stages at Juneteenth
(l-r) Jasmine Onorogbe, Michelle Berry and Dr. Verna Price of Girls In Action discussing issues of community power against violence.
What is Juneteenth?
That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name derived from a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth.
Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year.
Minnesota Statutes say:
June 19 is designated Juneteenth in recognition of the historical pronouncement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was said to have been first publicly read in Texas. The governor may take any action necessary to promote and encourage the observance of Juneteenth and public schools may offer instruction and programs on the occasion.
History: 1996 c 390 s 10