NWA Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 13th
Murphy Park - Springdale, AR
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating 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. For more information visit: Juneteenth.Com
The University of Arkansas, UofA African-American Resource Group, Springdale Parks and Recreation and the Juneteenth Planning Committee invite the community, friends and family to celebrate the Annual Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the anniversary of African American emancipation. The event will feature a free Health Fair with screenings including Medical & Dental, Old-Fashioned cookout, silent auction (benefits the student book scholarships), musical entertainment, games for the kids, ice cream, popcorn, large inflatables for the kids, and Free swimming at Springdale Aquatic Center from 6pm – 9pm. Juneteenth t-shirts will be for sale for $10 each.