MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET TO HOST JUNETEETH CELEBRATION
Midtown Global Market will host an entertaining and educational celebration of Juneteenth.
Activities will include a dance, music, crafts, and a presentation by an African American storyteller, Beverly Cottman.
Midtown Global Market is an internationally themed public marketplace offering groceries, great food, and unique gifts. Midtown Global Market, owned by two non-profit entities: The Cultural Wellness Center and the Neighborhood Development Center, serves as a small business incubator whose mission is to provide access and opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs. Together, these entities make up a dynamic community gathering place that highlights the talent, ambition and cultural assets that characterize its neighborhood, contributing to its economic and social fabric.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th 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. 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.
These events are free and the public is most welcome to come and celebrate.
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