Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order by Major General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865 (two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued). Juneteenth originated in Galveston and has since been observed annually in various parts of the United States, often broadly celebrating African-American culture. The day was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.
#Juneteenth is a celebration of Black dignity, joy, and freedom. Since 2021 Chelsea Black Community has had a free community event to honor and celebrate the release of African-Americans. The event has live entertainment, free soul food, games, hair braiding, and henna.
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June 22, 2023
From left, District 1 Councilor Todd Taylor, Joe Mullaney, Darren Cromwell, CBC President Joan Cromwell, John Martin, Larry Elgart, and David Rudolph...
June 20, 2022
Chelsea Black Community (CBC) President Joan Cromwell will oversee the speaking program at the Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Chelsea Square Park.