On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War. It freed over three million slaves.

It took two and a half years for word to reach Texas, on June 19, 1865. People celebrated emancipation with prayers, they sang in spirit and wore clothes to represent their new found freedom.

June 19th is now officially a national holiday known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, marking the anniversary when African Americans discovered the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years after it was signed.

Learn more about Juneteenth by visiting Juneteenth commemorative events. Details below:

National Juneteenth Observance Foundation—10th Annual Juneteenth Jazz, Arts, and Spoken Word Celebration

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 (12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location: West Las Vegas Library – 951 West Lake Mead Boulevard.

Come join us and celebrate the 10th Anniversary Annual of Juneteenth. A live band performs including Jazz, R&B, and blues. Olabisi African dance ensemble and Spoken word performed by Griot Nation. FREE meals are giving out to kids and teens up to 18 of age. Hosted by Deborah A. Evans and Dr. Al Gourrier.

You won’t want to miss this FREE event this weekend.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum | Celebrating Juneteenth

Date: June 19, 2021 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: 360 Promenade Place Las Vegas, NV 89106

Bring the family to an amazing workshop at the Discovery Children’s Museum this weekend while they celebrate Juneteenth.

The first 250 kids get in FREE provided by Nevada Energy Foundation.

Courtesy of Britannica.com