“Harriet Tubman Mural” by Aaron Douglas, c. 1931, commissioned by Alfred K. Stern of Chicago for Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, North Carolina
“If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.”― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to all enslaved people, was signed by President Lincoln two years earlier, it was not until 1865 when General Gordon Granger read the Proclamation on June 19 in Galveston, Texas, that the remaining enslaved peoples were told of their freedom. This day of jubilation has been celebrated every year since 1865 on what has become known as Juneteenth. This celebration of the most treasured of human rights, freedom, is steeped in pride, tradition, community, and good food. This year’s Juneteenth comes a poignant time in our nation, and we hope you, like us, will celebrate with your neighbors, but also take an unflinching look at the atrocious history that led to this day.