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Outdoor Afro: Commemorate Freedom

June 19

Juneteenth 2021

Join in an outdoor reflection in commemoration of Juneteenth and share your thoughts with Outdoor Afro. The question they ask is “What does freedom mean to me in America?”. Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect in honor of the 2.5 years freedom was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people of Galveston, TX. Let’s go outdoors! Learn how to share your reflections below.

Why We Commemorate Juneteenth
Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.

Many accounts of history appear to leave out the “how and why.”

How was it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to draft and sign an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in September 1862 and despite the three months until it took effect, no one told the enslaved?

Why didn’t the slave holders tell the enslaved?
Why didn’t the sheriff tell the enslaved?
Why didn’t the mayor tell the enslaved?
Why didn’t the governor tell the enslaved?
We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you.

Learn More about Juneteeth from the National Musuem of African American History and Culture here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth



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