Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic, and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing. 

Wellington celebrates Juneteenth by promoting and cultivating knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. Respect and appreciation for all of our differences grow out of exposure and working together.

“Redteenth” Festival
June 19th from noon - 6 PM

Wellington and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County partner for the first “Redteenth” at the Wellington Amphitheater.

This FREE community event is our first (in person) attempt to celebrate this important date in our history, and also bring awareness and provide resources for a disease that so disproportionately affects the African American community.  

Visitors will learn the mission of the Sickle Cell Foundation and its efforts in the community, as well as celebrate the history and significance of Juneteenth. We will also have vendors providing information and resources about diabetes and other health topics. There will also be performances by spoken word artists, musical acts, and educational/motivational speakers, in addition to a children’s area with activities, food trucks, and vendors. It's a family-friendly event that will shine a spotlight on Juneteenth and provide value with activities centered around the African American Community. 

To attend this event, guests are asked to sign up via the Sickle Cell Foundation’s Eventbrite page

About the Sickle Cell Foundation

The Sickle Cell Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait as well as members of their family and to educate the public about this devastating hereditary blood disorder. Sickle Cell Disease is a condition that affects the red blood cells and is the most common of genetic disorders. For more information on the Sickle Cell Foundation, or to become a vendor or sponsor, please contact the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County at 561-833-3113 or visit their website at www.sicklecellpbc.org

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