Juneteenth: Read, Reflect and Take Action

Juneteenth is the celebration of the “end” of slavery in the US, on June 19, 1865. It wasn’t until over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed that the last enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas became aware slaves were free and the Civil War was over.

Prior to 1865, Baltimore’s Waterfront played a role in our country’s grim slave trade history, where slave ships anchored off Fell’s Point, and slave auctions took place along the Waterfront from Fell’s Point to the Inner Harbor and Pratt Street.

We still have a long way to go, but one small step we can take is making certain that we take time to observe this important moment in our history and celebrate the freedom of all Americans.

Juneteenth is a day to read, reflect and take action. It is important to acknowledge the history, learn the context of how the American slave trade impacted U.S. history, especially in Baltimore, to read about Black history and about the great accomplishments of Black Americans in this country.

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Take Action

A wide range of local organizations are holding events and campaigns to mark Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Click the image below to learn more.

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