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Celebrating Juneteenth in Fayetteville

Longtime members of the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP gathered at the Church Street Park in Fayetteville June 18 for the local organization’s first Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the date of the arrival in Texas of the news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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PTC Observer's picture

Is that you?

Hope you had a good celebration of President Lincoln's empancipation of slave states, slaves. Nope, I am not exactly right on that, the states that had slaves and had yet to be defeated by the Union Army. All other state slaves stayed slaves.

If you are going to celebrate something celebrate December 6th, the date that all slaves were set free using the law of the land. The 13th Admendment to our Constitution ratified on December 6, 1865 is our day of liberation for all of our citizens.

Cal has it right. Read the caption. Now, in your infinite wisdom, you're going to tell folk when to celebrate. LOL

BHH's picture

and apparently not many others in Fayetteville have either if only 13 celebrated.

Is this an attempt at creating another black only observed holiday?

I don't see any other race represented in the picture.

People can celebrate anything any time they like but please let's not try to make another national holiday out of it.

We already have enough days that no one will work and everything is shut down.

This could get as bad as changing the names of all the roads to something or someone insignificant and unknown to most people in the area.

If we must recognize another date to celebrate let's chose one with significance that everyone can appreciate like July 26 for the independence of the Republic of Liberia in 1847. And January 3 the birthday of Joseph Jenkins Roberts it's first president.

pyramidman

Not many people expect the heart of the Confederacy to celebrate Juneteenth. It is celebrated among those who know their history and enjoy having an opportunity to celebrate their survival and progress. Most people who are descendents of slaves in Texas celebrate it yearly. It is a family/community celebration and I know of no movement to make it a national holiday. Oktoberfest is not a ‘national’ celebration or considered a mandatory national celebration – but many enjoy celebrating with their German neighbors. On Juneteenth, most celebrants gather quietly with family and friends, enjoy BBQ and music and share family history with the younger generation. It really should not be considered a ‘threat’ to anyone. No one is ‘forced’ to acknowledge this holiday. Thank you Citizen and Ben Helms for sharing a cultural celebration with the rest of the Fayetteville community. (And no – I’m not in the picture - many just celebrate at home)

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