Celebrating Juneteenth in the Midlands

Celebrating Juneteenth in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Many communities across the country and here in the Midlands are celebrating Juneteenth this week.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has a great page on its website dedicated to the historical legacy of Juneteenth … saying …

“Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later.”

“Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree.”

And so that date was declared “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. 

In Columbia, one of many community events celebrating Juneteenth will be the premiere of the new movie “Black Wall Street” … here today to tell us more is Roy Brasley, Founder of the Brasley Foundation.

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