History and Events in Honor of Juneteenth

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration began on June 19, 1865, which became known as Juneteenth, when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas to deliver the final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation. Which President Abraham Lincoln originally sign over two years earlier.

For all of us here in Auburn, NY, Juneteenth goes just a little deeper. As the chosen home of Harriet Tubman, the spirit of Juneteenth is alive. It not only commemorates the emancipation of African Americans in the United States, but also celebrates their achievements in history and the fight for a stronger, brighter and fairer future. While in Auburn keep Harriet Tubman’s strength and spirit in mind as you visit the many sites that commemorate her life and flight for freedom. Make sure and stop by her gravesite at Fort Hill Cemetery and leave a little memento in her honor.

friends gathered at Harriet Tubman's gravesite

Schweinfurth Arts Center is holding an event on Friday the 18th, including two artists talks, two storytelling sessions, and a community flag project as well as special children’s and family programming.

The Booker T. Washington Community Center is also holding special events in honor of this day. You can enjoy tasty food from local caterers, live music and the flag project sponsored by the Schweinfurth Arts Center! Children will also have fun with the inflatable obstacle course and vendors will be there throughout the day featuring local precuts and crafts! This day takes place in the field next to the Booker T. Washington center and is from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday. 

Booker T. Washington Event flyer

Whether you grew up celebrating Juneteenth or not, we hope you take this day to learn more about the social justice issues of today and inform yourself on the role you can play in ensuring a fairer future.