Juneteenth – 13th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance

Juneteenth – 13th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance

The Big Head Museum, Roxbury, Boston

A picture of the sculpture “Eternal Presence,” from which the museum affectionately derives the name of the festival (Courtesy Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists)

Phillis spotlighted in Juneteenth 2023 Theme: Honoring our Martyrs and Heroes 

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Boston Juneteeth

What is Juneteenth?

In 2021, President Biden recognized Juneteenth as a national/federal holiday, Juneteenth is the longest running commemoration/celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

The celebration originated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 after General Granger publicly announced his Order No. 3. Emancipation Day celebrations across the South have been held on different days throughout the year.

Juneteenth is recognized as the last time and place a public proclamation of freedom was given after the end of the Civil War. It has been held annually since its inception and has spread to different cities. The community gatherings always include food, speakers, music, and reflection.

“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 personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

General Orders, Number 3

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The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists (NCAAA) is dedicated to the celebration, exhibition, collection and criticism of black visual arts heritage worldwide. The Museum presents a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions in many media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts.