Program moved Downtown – Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation
Tuesday, March 12th
6:30 – 8:00 PM
NEW LOCATION -Burroughs & Saden – 3rd floor BOARD ROOM
Rescheduled from last month
Please join us as M. George Mintz, Juneteenth of Fairfield County, Inc. Planning Committee Chairman leads an illuminating discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation and its relationship to Juneteenth – the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.