Presented by City of Petersburg
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.
Join Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith and the City of Petersburg in celebrating Juneteenth at Corlings Corner. The ceremony will include remarks on the meaning of this important day and music.