Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was onJune 19th that the Union soldiers, led byMajor 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. -Juneteenth.com
All this month, The Tampa Bay Juenteenth Coalition is celebrating with various events. This Saturday (June 8th) is the annual Street Festival in West Tampa. It kicks off at 11am on Main Street from Rome Ave to Howard Ave and will go until 7pm.
See all of the info about the community street festival below and make sure you watch Pastor Tucker-Johnson (President of the Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition) discussing all of the events they have going on in the Tampa Bay area:
TAMPABAYJUNETEENTHCOALITION.COM (813) 270-5687