Due to COVID-19 restrictions on crowd sizes, the Northeast Community Coalition will not host its traditional Juneteenth Celebration in 2020 but will instead offer a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration via Zoom at noon on Saturday, June 27. To join the celebration, sign in here. To learn more, visit the Wake Forest Northeast Community Coalition Facebook page.
In the meantime, WRAL has listed a variety of other virtual and in-person Juneteenth celebrations taking place in our area.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. A combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth commemorates Union Major General Gordon Granger’s reading of the order freeing enslaved people of Texas in Galveston on June 19, 1865. The reading of General Order Number 3 came two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862. Despite the Confederate Army’s surrender in May of 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the remote Trans-Mississippi continued fighting until June 2 within Texas.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.