Watch the United Church of Christ's and the local Lawrence, Kansas, celebration of the official end of Slavery in the United States.
June 19, 1865
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the U.S. The original legal declaration was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln which instituted Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
United Church of Christ's Celebration:
Friday, June 18 @11 a.m. (Central)
The United Church of Christ invites you to listen to lives of African peoples through 4-genres of storytelling and music. Experience the long history of first peoples despite the interruptions, setbacks, and tragedies. Journey with us through sacred music, spoken word, and creative expressions of joy, sorrow, and praise. African descended people have resisted, revolted, protested, and fought for their freedom and right to exists as God intended since the beginning of human existence. In the 21st century, COVID-19, state sanctioned law enforcement murders, and white nationalism and vigilante threats and acts of violence continue to impact people of African descent nationally and globally. And Still We Rise! Register for this event right here.
Lawrence's Celebration: Saturday, June 19 @ 1 p.m.
Tune into a live virtual event sponsored by the Plymouth Racial Justice team. The even will be streamed on Facebook Live right here.