What is Juneteenth? Learn more and celebrate

New Hampshire Humanities and the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire are hosting programs June 12 and June 18-20 to mark the Freedom Day holiday
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On June 19, 1865, a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery, Union Gen. Gordon Grainer, with thousands of Union troops, declared in Texas that “all slaves are free.”

June 19 or “Juneteenth” has become a day each year to celebrate the end of black slavery in the United States.

New Hampshire Humanities and the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire are hosting free virtual programs to mark this time of celebration and education.

On Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m., “Juneteenth: A Historical Celebration of Black Liberation “will examine the true story behind the celebration of Juneteenth, how this holiday has been celebrated in New Hampshire, and why it’s more important now than ever to acknowledge and honor this historic event. JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will present this program in a live Zoom event Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. For more information, go to Facebook.

From June 18-20, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is celebrating Juneteenth with a focus on soul food and soul music. Programs include a soul food cooking show, live streaming music from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, Songs that Feed the Soul: A Concert featuring members from Negro Ensemble Company New York; and a panel discussion.

For more information, go to the Black Heritage Trail of NH website.

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