Juneteenth 2020 Celebration
"To bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education historic preservation of Juneteenth in America.""Together we will see Juneteenth Independence Day become a National Holiday Observance in America!"
Community Celebration of Juneteenth 2020
The City of Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista African American Community Coalition (SVAAC), Southwest Association of the Buffalo Soldier (SWABS), Greater Huachuca Area Branch NAACP, and representatives throughout our community have joined together to celebrate this historic event. In light of our current situation, much of the celebration will be over virtual media. We will host multiple events during the month June. Commencing with the Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony on June 6th, a Poetry Slam on June 19th and culminating with our Juneteenth Ceremony on June 20th.
Juneteenth....a brief History
Juneteenth also known as Freedom Day or Juneteenth Independence Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the 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.
The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
The Juneteenth Flag
The Juneteenth Flag is a symbol that gives all Americans the opportunity to recognize American freedom & African American History.
The Juneteenth Flag represents a star of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon.
The Juneteenth Flag represents a new freedom, a new people, and a new star.
The Juneteenth Flag is created with American red, white, and blue colors.
Juneteenth 2020 a Virtual Celebration
Sponsored by The Greater Huachuca Area Branch of the NAACP
Videos of the event coming soon