Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the end of slavery in the southern United States. On June 19, 1865, nearly two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved people in the Deep South found out they had been emancipated. Juneteenth has been a day of remembrance and a celebration of freedom for generations of African-Americans for more than 150 years. We wish a happy Juneteenth to those in our community who celebrate! While there is no event to commemorate Juneteenth in the Town of Sharon this year, there are events happening in neighboring towns, Boston, and other places throughout Massachusetts. Here are some links and posters for planned events:
The Boston Globe's How Massachusetts Communities are Celebrating the State's First Official Juneteenth
Juneteenth celebrations around Boston
Juneteenth can also be a day to reflect and learn. Please check out the resources below to learn more about the history of Juneteenth.