Unity in the Community Juneteenth Celebration

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"Unity in the Community" Juneteenth Celebration
Save the Date: June 16, 2024 
Downtown Collingswood 

About Juneteenth: When the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved Africans across the South on January 1, 1863, those enslaved in the far-flung state of Texas did not receive word of their freedom until two years later when on June 19th, 1865 Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas with 2,000 federal troops to personally enforce emancipation. From its sobering yet joyous beginnings, Juneteenth has evolved into the “oldest African American holiday” or to some, “America’s Second Independence Day.” For all, it is a celebration of freedom, diversity, and American cultural significance.