Juneteenth to be celebrated locally and across the nation Wednesday

Juneteenth to be celebrated locally and across the nation Wednesday

(WSAW/AP) – For more than one-and-a-half centuries, the Juneteenth holiday has been sacred to many Black communities.

It marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out they had been freed — after the end of the Civil War, and two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

In 2021, congress passed legislation making June 19th a federal holiday. President Joe Biden later signed the bill into law declaring Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Juneteenth has become more universally recognized beyond Black America. Many people get the day off work or school, and there are a plethora of street festivals, fairs, concerts and other events.

In Madison Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers was joined by others to help raise the Juneteenth flag. This is the fifth year in a row the state capitol has done this. Back in 2020, Gov. Evers ordered the Juneteenth flag to be flown at the state capitol for the first time in state history. The Juneteenth flag will temporarily replace the progress pride flag through sunset.

A Juneteenth celebration is planned Saturday at Whitewater Music Hall in Wausau. It will celebrate the history and strength of the Black community. The event is from 5-9 p.m. on June 22.

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