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Open House
Feburary 27rd, 2013

Events for the Community: “Juneteenth” Celebration 2012

Date: June 23, 2012

Location: Forest Hill Park Lee Rd. E.Cleveland, OH  44117

Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Canned food drive

Food, Fun, Activities and Live Music

History of “Juneteenth”


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 th 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 . Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863 . The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order . However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 , and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question for whatever the reasons; conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

Juneteenth Celebration 2012

“On Juneteenth we come together young and old to listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one step closer together – to better utilize the energy wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for all.”

What Is Juneteenth?

“Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality, as a reference point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to this society

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The H.O.P.E Network Presents Spaghetti & Meatball Benefit Dinner
Sat. June 9th 2012 7pm until 11pm
33150 Lakeland Blvd Eastlake OH

Call to RSVP 1-888-200-2815

The H.O.P.E Network Car Wash Fund Raiser
June 10th
810E. 222 St. Euclid OH 44123
(Georgio's Pizza)

The H.O.P.E. Network Presents:
Juneteenth @ Forest Park E. Cleaveland, OH
June 23rd, 2012


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