Juneteenth 155 Years Later
June 25, 2020
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the end of slavery in the South on June 19, 1865. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Texas to report that the Confederacy had surrendered two months earlier and that enslaved people were now free. Texas was the last state to receive the news. In celebration of the long overdue ending of slavery, black Texans come together every year to remember our ancestors and the harsh treatment they endured for centuries. In a red state where white-supremacy groups still congregate and Confederate flags fly from the back of trucks, it's an indication that we are just as Texan as anyone else and our culture has influence in a place that once delayed our emancipation. Juneteenth is a reminder that our freedom was fought for and not just handed over to us. It's the blueprint for the hundreds of movements that followed to further guarantee that freedom was achieved. And in 2020, during a national outcry for justice, awareness of Juneteenth seems at an all-time high: An increasing number of companies, will now observe June 19 as a permanent company holiday. The day also feels timelier and more relevant than ever, a reminder that freedom is still long overdue. Juneteenth is a reminder that freedom wasn't just handed over. Richwood Community Development Agency (RCDA) has celebrated Juneteenth for 21 years except for 2020 due to COVID-19.
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