Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Annually celebrated on June 19, this holiday serves as an homage to the actual ending of slavery in 1865. While it's widely believed that Black enslaved people were set free by the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, not all were free until 2 1/2 years later.

[source: NYC Juneteenth Website]

The Black community built New York City. Arriving around 1626, their labor and ingenuity was integral to establishing this bustling city. Their hard work is a feat benefitted from by all, yet at times, unnoticed by many. In celebration of this vibrant community's perseverance, triumph, and overall contributions, we recognize Juneteenth.

[source: NYC Juneteenth Website]

In recognition of Juneteenth, New York City recently launched a Juneteenth Website: www.nyc.gov/juneteenth

The website offers Juneteenth information on citywide celebrations, events, community awareness and support for black-owned businesses.

The Official City Celebration will take place on Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm at St. Nicholas Park-James Baldwin Lawn (135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue - Harlem).

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