When: Saturday, June 17th, 2023 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Free) Where:Burnt Church Distillery120 Bluffton Road Bluffton
Additionally, events will be held on June 16th and June 18th at the Burnt Church Distillery. Friday, June 16th, is the 2nd Annual Black Food Truck Fest (Free), held from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Sunday, June 18th, is the 3rd Annual Jazz Brunch from 11:00 – 2:00 pm ($75/person – Purchase Tickets). For questions regarding these events, please email the Bluffton MLK Observance Committee at [email protected]
Drum Circle African Dancing Food Trucks Live Entertainment Vendors Alcohol available for purchase
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, had established that all enslaved people in Confederate states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
But in reality, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t instantly free any enslaved people. The proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control. However, as Northern troops advanced into the Confederate South, many enslaved people fled behind Union lines.
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