RICHMOND, Va. - In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves; however, more than 250,000 black slaves remained in bondage for two additional years while they were used as labor to support the growing need for cotton. On June 19, 1865, those got word that they were free, and Juneteenth came to life. The commemoration began in Texas but has since spread and is celebrated nationwide.
For more than 20 years, the Richmond-based Elegba Folklore Society has hosted a Juneteenth Celebration. While this year’s celebration may look a little different, the celebration continues, and the organization hopes to reach even more attendees virtually. To maintain social distancing, the “backyard party” will be accessible virtually via Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.
Join the Elegba Folklore Society on Saturday, June 20 for Juneteenth 2020: A Freedom Celebration for the chance to see performances, review history and enjoy a true celebration. To learn more about the event and the Juneteenth Holiday, visit their website.