Juneteenth Celebration - Alton, Illinois













 
   
   

Annual Special Event
Juneteenth Celebration

Alton, Illinois

Saturday, June 15, 2019

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Location: James H. Killion Park (Salu Park), Salu and Locust, Alton, IL

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Times: 10 am - 5 pm

Description: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 18th that the 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. Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets after the announcement in what was the first Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the end of legal slavery in the United States, the end of the Civil War, and the Ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery. Today the celebration also encompasses current civil rights issues and in Alton there will be children activities, music, entertainment, food and so much more!

Free

For more information call 618-910-7422

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