The Blair Foundation and the Elite News present Juneteenth Celebration, March, and Festival
The Blair Foundation and the Elite News will host the inaugural Juneteenth Celebration, March and Festival. The event will begin at William Blair Jr. Park with a three-and-a-half-mile march and end at Fair Park with a festival featuring a Negro League Baseball exhibit, a hair show, a concert, and other various activities.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, traveled to Galveston, Texas, to announce to over 250,000 enslaved people that they were free. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but the word had not reached Texas. The Dallas Historical Society has the only known original copy of the General Orders, and they will be on display at the Hall of State during the Juneteenth Celebration.