Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, it took 2 ½ years before word reached Texas and the Confederate south to announce the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Therefore, slavery continued until Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX to read General Order #3 announcing that “all slaves are free” on June 19, 1865.
JUNETEENTH (a blend of the words June and nineteenth) is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states, including Ohio that celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the United States.
We ask that you join us in celebrating African American history and heritage as we kick off our Third Annual Juneteenth Freedom Rides starting June 15 and continuing through June 19, 2019.
Visit BIT.LY/CLEJFR or @JuneteenthFreedomRides on Facebook and Instagram to register for one or all events.
ALL ARE WELCOME!