Juneteenth June 19, 2022
Juneteenth, a blending of "June" and "19th," commemorates the emancipation of slavery in the United States. It originated in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, when Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger arrived there to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Although President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Proclamation nearly three years before, on Sept. 22, 1862, it was not immediately adopted across all states.
Enforcement depended on the advance of Union troops, which were hard to come by in remote Texas, so it became a final holdout. The enforcement of emancipation there after a long wait was truly cause for celebration. The first Juneteenth celebration took place in Galveston on June 19, 1866, and it has since caught on across the country. In 2021, Juneteenth National Independence Day was formally declared the United States' 12th federal holiday. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared Juneteenth it a permanent paid state holiday in June 2020, and Lexington adopted it as a formal city holiday in 2021.
To celebrate Juneteenth, representatives from multiple Lexington and Rockbridge organizations join forces to plan a series of fun and thought-provoking events during the month of June, including history events, an art show, live music, food, and games.
Schedule of Events
|Friday, June 3||Project Horizon Juneteenth Art Show Reception; Nelson Gallery; 5-7 pm|
|Saturday, June 18||
Glasgow Juneteenth Celebration
|Sunday, June 19||
Juneteenth celebration from 1-6p.m. at Richardson Park
Food and retail vendors, all representing local Black-owned businesses:
Thank you to our sponsors!
- City of Lexington
- CARE Rockbridge
- Rockbridge NAACP
- Project Horizon
- 50 Ways Rockbridge
- Washington and Lee University Libraries, Office of Institutional History, Africana Studies Program, and Office of Community-Based Learning
- Rockbridge Historical Society
Header image: "Mama Lu" by Linda Powell