Today, Juneteenth, is a day that honors Black liberation from slavery, Black resistance, and the ongoing struggle for justice – including Environmental Justice. On this day, in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger read General Order 3 in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that all slaves in that state were free.
This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863. Texas, the most remote of the slave states, was the last hold out, until Major General Granger and his Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 18, 1865 to enforce it:
“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.” – General Order 3
June 19 has since become Juneteenth, a holiday recognized in all but three states (Texas was the first state to recognize it, making it a legal holiday in 1980). There are nearly 100 events happening throughout the city today – and even more all across the country. We have done our best to put together a list for residents of Northern Manhattan. Some of these events are out in public, while others are virtual. However you choose to honor Juneteenth, please be safe, and do not put yourself at unnecessary risk.
Meet at 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard for the March on Seneca, silently heading down to the Seneca Village Site in Central Park (near West 85th Street).
Tune in for the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice’s Juneteenth Virtual Block Party.
Or come out for the Big Black Kickback at Riverbank State Park, with vibes, games, & giveaways!
Head to Marcus Garvey Park for an afternoon of music, food, art, and honoring our ancestors.
Or head down to the Seneca Village Site in Central Park (enter at West 85th Street) for BBQ, dancing, & honoring our ancestors.
Come out for the Juneteenth Jubilee starting at West 110th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard.
Join 100 Men Unite to #SayHerName in West Harlem Piers Park for a #JusticeForBreonna rally followed by a march.
Or go online for a virtual teach-in.
Looking for a little more exercise? Meet up at Broadway & 167th Street for the Juneteenth Uptown 5K Run.
Attend the Vigil at Fireman’s Monument Plaza (West 100th Street & Riverside Drive).
Or listen to Sweet Honey in the Rock, live online from Lincoln Center.