June 18, 2021

Celebrating the 156th Anniversary of Juneteenth – History & Happenings in the Capital Region

The Capital Region Chamber celebrates the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth; a day in which we commemorate the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas declaring the abolition of slavery, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. Juneteenth was recently signed into law as a federal holiday.

Genuine justice and equality continue to be an elusive dream for too many in this country. We cannot allow the significant progress we have made to blind us from the challenges that continue.

The fight for racial equality persists; however, Juneteenth serves to pay homage to the freedom many gained following slavery. Additionally, Juneteenth is a celebration of Black American life and resilience; a day to pay tribute to the contributions of Black Americans to this country. Juneteenth is also a reminder, that real change, though often slow and with great sacrifice, is possible.

Therefore, this Juneteenth, let us rededicate ourselves and our organizations, to continuing to address structural racism and disparities that persist. May we collectively continue to pursue the ideals this nation was founded on and commit to grappling with and understanding our complex history; in a way that moves us all closer to being a more equitable region and country.

Please see below for Juneteenth celebrations happening throughout the Capital Region.



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