Juneteenth is an annual holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The good news of freedom was intentionally kept from many Black people on plantations throughout the South. Union troops traveled the country to announce the end of the Civil War and the abolition of chattel enslavement. Troops arrived in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865.
President Joe Biden signed the legislationthat made Juneteenth a federal holiday on June 18, 2021.
In Albion, the community-wide Juneteenth celebration began in the front yard of the late Mrs. Carrie Anderson. Mrs. Anderson is recognized as Albion's "Mother of Juneteenth" for teaching traditions she learned in her birth state of Texas with her family, friends, and neighbors in Michigan.
Our annual celebration takes place in Holland Park, named for Albion civil rights activist and former City Councilman Robert Holland, Sr.
Friday, June 16, 2023
6:00 PMJuneteenth Royalty Dinner
Saturday, June 17, 2023
11:00 AMParade begins at City Hall
11:30 AMNAACP Proclamation
Juneteenth Royalty crowned in Holland Park
12:00 PMFood trucks and vendors
4:00 PMGospel Concert
Sunday, June 18, 2023
11:00 AMUnity Worship Service
PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Mueller
2023 Juneteenth Committee
Councilwoman Lenn Reid, Precinct 2
Councilwoman Vivian Davis, Precinct 5
Dr. Ashley Woodson
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