Why We Commemorate

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.

Many accounts of history appear to leave out the “how and why.”

How was it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to draft and sign an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in September 1862 and despite the three months until it took effect, no one told the enslaved?

  • Why didn’t the slave owners tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the sheriff tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the mayor tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the governor tell the enslaved?

We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you.

"So many of us have found in this experience of ‘sheltering in place’ is that nature never closes, that it is always at the ready, and that it is ready to heal and to teach.”

- Rue Mapp

Commemorate

Freedom

Juneteenth 2021

We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you. Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect what freedom means to you, and share that with us.

Saturday, June 19

Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect what freedom means to you, and share that with us.

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To Submit Your Reflection on or after June 19th

Juneteenth Sponsors

Thank you to all the organizations who have committed to being part of the inaugural Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro. It is with their support that we are going to engage thousands of people in reflecting on what it means to be free in America.

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Questions? We’ve got answers.

  • What is Juneteenth?

  • Is Juneteenth the end of slavery in the United States?

  • How to participate?

  • Do I need to register?

  • How do I submit a reflection?

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