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Celebrating Juneteenth

Carthage College is proud to observe Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that enslaved Black people in Texas were notified of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, granting them their freedom.

Each year since 1865, June 19 has been a day to celebrate the historic moment when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved Black people that they were free — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect. On that day, Texas became the last location in the United States to free the last remaining enslaved people.

Carthage College joins Black communities across America in celebrating this important day. What began as a day of independence has become a testament to the strength and resilience of Black Americans as they continue their fight for equality.

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Carthaginians speak out: Why Juneteenth is important

Professor Michele Hancock

Juneteenth is more important than ever as a day to remember the horrific impact of enslavement but also celebrate the achievements of African-Americans despite the violence and cruelty inflicted on people who built America’s economy and symbolic structures.

This day commemorates the day when the state of Texas proclaimed the federal emancipation of enslaved people, becoming the last state in the union to do so. It is a symbolic Emancipation Day for African-Americans that speaks to our resiliency as a people and reminds all Americans how freedom and justice are still unequal for Black Americans and continues to be denied through the structural and institutional racism in our society.

Michele Hancock
Professor of Practice in Education
Director, Urban Teacher Preparation Program
Director, ACT Program


Siovahn Williams

Juneteenth is the symbolism of freedom for Blacks in America. Though most Black Americans celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July, nowadays, we were not yet truly free until nearly 90 years later. The true independence day for Blacks is not the 4th of July, but instead June 19, 1865. I say it is symbolic because not all slaves were free on June 19, 1865, and Black Americans are still fighting to enjoy the same freedoms afforded to all Americans.

Siovahn Williams
Adjunct Instructor, Education
Program Manager, Urban Teacher Preparation Program


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