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JUN 15

This Juneteenth “Day of Remembrance” event will be held from 10 am to 7 pm at the New City Fellowship Church, 200 Prince Edward St. in Fredericksburg, VA. For more information regarding the event, contact Eunice Haigler at or 540 455-9454. This year we are also commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619.

This free event includes entertainment, song, music, spoken word, speeches, dance, food and drink, art, staffed tables with great information from local community organizations, crafts and personally made items being sold, and so much more.

Juneteenth (which is actually June 19, but our event is Saturday, June 15) celebrates the day in 1865 that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended, the last slaves to be notified in the South. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger delivered the good news to those in captivity through General Orders No. 3 which stated:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’ This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

“The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts, and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

By command of Maj.-Gen. GRANGER, F.W. EMERY, Major, and A.A.G.