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Observing Juneteenth in 2020

Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The arrival of the troops came almost three years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which, in reality, did NOT instantly free all enslaved people. The proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control. Although “emancipation” was not immediately recognized, once made known and enforced, celebrations broke out among newly freed Black people, and Juneteenth was born. That December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment.

Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

A number of Juneteenth celebrations will be taking place in and around the Twin Cities. The Hamline community acknowledges the significance of this day, particularly at a time when unity, awareness, and education are essential for change. 


Written by Dr. David Everett, Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence