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YMCA of Greater Seattle Juneteenth Potluck "Honoring the Past — Celebrating the Present — Anticipating the Future"

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 14:00
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West Seattle YMCA
3622 SW Snoqualmie Street
Seattle
WA
98126
US

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The YMCA of Greater Seattle African American Resource Network  invites you to participate in our 2019 Juneteenth Potluck celebrating  history, music, food, and freedom. The Juneteenth celebration is a free event honoring the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The event takes place on Wed, June 19, 2019, from 1:00pm- 3:00pm  at The West Seattle YMCA. This event will include inspirational talks from the African American members of our Sr. Leadership Team, music, and fellowship. We will also have a dessert bake off.


What is Juneteenth 


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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating 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. Note that 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.



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