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Thanks for attending the 2012 Albany Juneteenth Celebration!The 9th Annual Albany Juneteenth Celebration features music, entertainment, educational information, food & beverages, give-aways and more! Fun for the whole family!Washington Park will be the center of a community event focused on looking back, reflecting and celebrating the future. The Juneteenth Celebration features a wide variety of family friendly entertainment, educational opportunities and food and beverages for sale.
Fantastic weather, fun performances and informative exhibits made the first Juneteenth in Washington Park a resounding success! Check back soon for more information on Juneteenth 2013.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3 on June 19, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth has come to symbolize the end of slavery, and for many African-Americans, it has come to mean what Fourth of July means for all Americans - freedom. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. It honors those African-American ancestors who survived the institution of bondage as well as demonstrating pride in the marvelous legacy of resilience and perseverance they left us.