Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the day news of emancipation reached the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, in 1865, is celebrated annually by African Americans across the United States. The day took place two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Before federal troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, to announce that all enslaved people were freed, slavery had remained relatively uninterrupted in Texas.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host Grinnell College’s Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration the week of June 13, 2022. Events will include a flag raising and reading of the Emancipation Proclamation; an all-campus barbeque with music, games, trivia, and prizes; and an outdoor movie night featuring Disney’s Soul.