Today marks exactly one year since Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf officially made Juneteenth “National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania, giving state employees off today for observance.
But Juneteenth extends waaaay beyond one year.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Today you’ll see people celebrating, protesting, and observing nationally, but also right here in Happy Valley.
The Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration goes down today in the MLK Plaza in Downtown State College off Fraser Street but there is ALSO an online option.
Join us in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States as we celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, 2020 in State College.A Mix of LIVE and VIRTUAL components will begin at NOON at the MLK Plaza, 135 S Fraser St.Or Tune in: www.strategiesjustice.com/juneteenthWe ask the public who attend the in-person event to respect the space of those around them, kindly follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask.