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Sewickley Community Center Juneteenth Festival

June 22, 2019, Noon - 5 pm, Featuring  “The Flow Band” from 3:30-4:30

Juneteenth is an annual holiday which occurs on June 19th and is observed in the United States. It is one of the oldest celebrations of the abolition of slavery in the world.

Questions, contact: juneteenth@sewickleycommunitycenter.com

Tentative Agenda (Subject to Change)

* Children's Activities Headed Up by the Girl Scouts of the USA

* 3 Food Trucks

* Commerce Vendors

* Planned Events (See below)

12:10  PM LIVE EMCEE  - WELCOME TO THE EVENT!

12:30 - 1:00 PM  LINE DANCING

1:30 - 2:15 PM Possible LOCAL BAND

2:30 - 3:00 PM PRESENTATION / TRIBUTE / LIVING HISTORY

3:30 - 4:30 PM THE FLOW BAND

History of Juneteenth

The history of Juneteenth can be traced all the way back to June 19th of 1865. This is when the Union Army, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that all former slaves were now free. Although President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery hadn’t ended in Texas because there weren’t enough Union soldiers in the state to enforce the new order. However, the sound defeat of General Lee in April of that year and the arrival of the Union soldiers under Granger strengthened the forces sufficiently enough to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.

While the original reason for why Texas was over two years behind in freeing slaves is lost to the fog of time. However, there are a few stories that have been passed down through the generations to explain the delay. The first story tells of a messenger who was on his way to Texas to deliver the order of freedom when he was captured and murdered. Another possibility is that the plantations ignored the order so they could maintain their free working force.

On June 19th, 1865, Major General Granger read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas. This order stated: “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 free laborer.” Reaction to this order by the former slaves was as varied as you could imagine. Some of the slaves stayed on under their former masters in a working capacity, while others left immediately after the order was read. Some of the headed North and others head to other parts of the South looking for family members they may have been separated. As more and more families united, they remembered fondly the day they acquired their freedom and began to celebrate it as Juneteenth. The day gained further prominence during the Civil Rights Movement.

We are currently looking for vendors for our Juneteenth Festival in the areas of:

  • Food

  • Commerce

  • Jewelry

If you are interested, please fill out the form here. Once approved to be a vendor, we will send additional instructions for payment and your guarantee to participate in the event!

Vendors will be responsible for the following:

  • Non-Refundable $50.00 fee that will be used to help fund the event

  • Providing of own materials and equipment including but not limited to: canopies, chairs, tables, signs, etc.

  • Setup and breakdown of own area:

    • SETUP TIME: 10:00 AM

    • BREAK DOWN TIME: 5:15 PM with cleanup completed by 6:00 PM and area left as clean as possible

The Sewickley Community Center will not provide electricity or running water to any vendor area and all fees will be due prior to the start of the event.

Any additional questions, feel free to contact us at juneteenth@sewickleycommunitycenter.com

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