June 19th, 1865 was the date that Major General Gordon Granger led his troops of Union soldiers to Galveston, Texas, to spread the news that the Civil War was over and slaves were now free. This came 2-1/2 years following Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Throughout the United States, the event, known as Junteenth, is celebrated annually. In 2008, Vermont became the 29th state to recognize Junteenth as a holiday.
Vermont Juneteenth Events
After some research, I have not been able to locate events that will be taking place in Vermont this Junteenth. I would love to announce any events here, so if you know of any, please let me know!
Regional Juneteenth Events
Portsmouth, New Hampshire: June 19th 4-6PM at the corer of Pearl & Hanover Streets.
I also want to use this time to announce FreedomTweet 2010, which will take place on Juneteenth. On this day, it is asked that anyone with a Twitter account sign on and post a message answering the question "What does FREEDOM mean to you?". More information can be found at the FreedomTweet blog or the FreedomTweet Twitter page. I plan to "attend" the event. Will you?
And while I am at it, I would like to invite you to follow me on Twitter. (Sorry, shameless promotion, but it seemed appropriate).
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