Juneteenth Bluffton 2024 | 9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

What: Juneteenth Bluffton 2024
When: June 15th, 2024, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Burnt Church Distillery
Cost: Free

Enjoy Drum Circle, African Dancing, Specialty Food Trucks, and Live Entertainment.

And don’t forget about the Black Food Truck Friday Festival being held on June 14th, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Buckwalter Commerce Park (25 Buckwalter Place BLVD, Bluffton, SC 29910). 

Black Food Truck Festival 

Bluffton Juneteenth 2024

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of 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. Still, 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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