On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order – the Emancipation Proclamation – freeing "all persons being held as slaves" within the Confederate States. Although history records this as the day slavery ended, it would be two and a half years before word of it reached Texas, and the last enslaved people in the Confederacy learned that they were free. The news was delivered on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is the oldest national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Commemorate Juneteenth with a week of celebration! Virtual presentations will begin on June 14 and will be viewable at JuneteenthJCMO.org. At sunset on the evening of June 19, enjoy a free showing of Black Panther on the outdoor big screen. Sunday's events begin at 10 am with the Emancipation Program at 10 am, located at the Lincoln University Soldiers' Memorial Plaza, followed by the Juneteenth Motorcade. On Sunday afternoon, come out between 4-8 pm for an expo showcasing Black-owned businesses and organizations in JCMO! There will be games, food, giveaways, and music. As part of the festivities JC Parks will unveil the first of seven sculptures in Community Park examining the history of the Foot District.
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Sponsored by JeffersonCity NAACP, Building Community Bridges, Jefferson City Racial Equity Group, Jefferson City Community Center Association, Capital Region Medical Center, JC Parks, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Capitol City Cinema, and the Jefferson City Arts Foundation.