June 21, 2007

June 19th is Juneteenth The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on September 22, 1862. It was not until June 19th, 1865 that the last slaves in the United States were to learn that they had been freed. In Texas and 24 other states it is an official holiday.

Most US cities have their own celebrations.

  • You now have 363 days to prepare.
  • It was not until June 19th, 1965 that the last slaves in the United States were to learn that they had been freed. I think you meant "June 19, 1865".
  • Wow. That would really be something, huh? Yes, hopefully our ruthless dictator will take care of that for me.
  • Wow...Lara.. I'm not sure what the intent was in linking that article to this post, but if you read the full article you'll find the following: "Chovanetz also said there was no connection to the nearby city-sponsored festival for Juneteenth...."
  • Wow! An Orange Swan! *waves*
  • The article has been updated since I first read it. Sorry. When I first read it, it only said that there were 2 to 3 thousand people in the area for a Juneteenth celebration. It seemed to me to be a sad thing that a mob took over and ruined a wonderful celebration. Sorry.
  • *nods with Lara
  • Initial reports did, indeed, suggest a link, so you weren't that offbase by posting the story, Lara. Although here is how it went in Central New York. Not sure what conclusion to draw (if there is any worth drawing) other than that sometimes when folks get together, sparks ignite. It's a shame for this to occur when the vast majority of festival attendees were not in a violent frame of mind. Hopefully future celebrations will proceed without incident.
  • Well, at least I know I'm not crazy.