What it’s essential learn about Juneteenth

How is Juneteenth celebrated?

Also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day, Juneteenth celebrations began on the first anniversary of the day and quickly became annual, but subsequent racial segregation laws helped keep festivities out of public land and push them into rural areas, Juneteenth said. com. Wherever they went, the website explains, the day was bringing families together to celebrate with prayers and barbecues. Some liberated African Americans and their descendants even made a pilgrimage back to Galveston for the occasion.

When members of the black community eventually became landowners themselves, property was donated and dedicated to these special celebrations. One of the earliest documented land purchases on behalf of Juneteenth occurred in 1872 when Rev. Jack Yates raised enough money to buy 10 acres of land in Houston and create Emancipation Park.

Cliff Robinson, the website’s founder, told NBC News that most, if not all, states are celebrating June 10th today. Especially in the south, these celebrations “traditionally include events such as picnics, rodeos, religious components such as church ceremonies, and education and historical services for children,” said Robinson.

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