June 15, 2019

Macomb's Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Macomb's Historic Chandler Park; Rain locations:

-Jerk Shop Go
-Macomb Arts Center, east side, Macomb Downtown Square
Description: All members of the campus and community are invited to attend this event celebrating freedom from slavery and oppression.

Featuring food, vendors, speakers, music, fun for the whole family, a professional & summer clothing drive/freecycle area, voter registration, and more!

History:

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.

However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Grangerís regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
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Contact Information:
 Heather McMeekan
 Phone: (309) 298-1325
 Email: hm-mcmeekan@wiu.edu
Source: Public Events

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309/298-1414 * E-mail info@wiu.edu
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