This year marks the 51st anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth Day commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The worldwide event, dating back to June 1865, began when the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.
Below is a list of Juneteenth celebrations around our state and also information about GCORR's Racial Justice Prayer Challenge that begins this Sunday. We encourage you to share these events with your congregations.
Milwaukee has the oldest Juneteenth Day organized by our very own Northcott Neighborhood House.
Fifty-one years and counting that Northcott Neighborhood House has led the charge to have one of the largest and one of the longest Juneteenth Celebrations in the Midwest. Juneteenth Celebration was started fifty-one years ago by two creative, conscious, and innovative women, Jan Kemp and Margaret Henningsen. Milwaukee's Juneteenth celebration is one of the longest celebrations of this historical holiday in the country. Read more about its history and details at https://www.juneteenthmke.org/about
West Bend, WI
GCORR Racial Justice Prayer and Action Challenge starts on Juneteenth Day, Sunday, June 19th