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Celebrate Juneteenth with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
June 17 - June 19
The Black Heritage Trail of NH opens its three-day celebration of Juneteenth, June 17 to 19, with a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 10am to 2:30pm, entitled “Finding Our Roots: Researching Black History and Genealogy.”
Juneteenth is the oldest known nationally celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, it was not until June 19th, 1865, two years later, when the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island in Texas and began a war against defenders of slavery, that the enslaved people in Galveston could begin their journey towards freedom.