To commemorate the end of slavery, Juneteenth is celebrated June
On January 1, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln
declared in the Emancipation Proclamation, that "all persons
held as slaves within any state...shall be then, thenceforth, and
forever be free...".
In spite of Lincoln's decree, many slave owners who objected to the
freedom of the slaves neglected to inform the slaves that they were
free. However, two years later, on June 19, 1865, General Gordon
Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and gave official notice that
the Emancipation Proclamation was law and that the United States
military was prepared to use whatever measures necessary to enforce
the statute. Former slaves named that day "Juneteenth" and it has
grown into three days of commemorative activities.
For the past two decades, the Five Points Business Association has
sponsored a Juneteenth Celebration in the Five Points community and
invites you to participate.
Thank you for your support.
Selena Dunham Denise Chappell
(303) 292-4000 ext. 347 (303) 321-4264