"Keeping Our History Alive!"


"It is logical, moral, and psychologically constructive for us to resist oppression united as families.  Out of this unity, out of the bond of fighting together forges will come"
Source:  Martin Luther King, Jr.; MLK Memorial Monument, Delaney Park Strip, 9th & L Street, Anchorage AK; Native Alaskans after a seal hunt;      
                    Anchorage Museum of History and Art, B92.19.52.

Welcome to our Juneteenth Alaska web site.  Here you will find details on our event, a little bit about our organizational goals, how to contact us to be a part of the event either as a vendor or as a performer/speaker

The 2015 celebration marks the 150
th anniversary of the Juneteenth Celebration!  We are currently in the planning stages for that celebration which shall prove to be the best Juneteenth event here in Alaska!

Juneteenth is a time honored event that can in no way make up for the reason the Emancipation Proclamation became necessary in the first place but it gives us the chance to honor those that have come before us by making sure we do not forget where we came from and at what cost.

Juneteenth is observed in many ways throughout the United States.  As of June 2012, the following states are recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday observance:  Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,  Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey,  New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,  Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. 

Juneteenth began as an event to mark the freeing of the last slaves in 1865, which was nearly two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863.  It took the appearance of General Grainger and his troops to enforce the proclamation  for it to be recognized in Texas.  We think it is fitting that the oldest celebration is held in Texas.  The state of Texas is widely considered the first U.S. state to begin Juneteenth celebrations with informal observances occurring for over a century; it has been an official state holiday since 1980

The story goes as follows:

On June 19, 1865, the Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Tex., to inform inhabitants of the Civil War's end two months earlier. Two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Granger's General Order Number 3 finally freed the last 250,000 slaves whose bondage, due to the minimal Union presence in the region, had been essentially unaffected by Lincoln's efforts. June 19th—which was quickly shortened to "Juneteenth" among celebrants—has become the African-American addendum to our national Independence Day…..

Join us year after year as we bring the Juneteenth Celebration to our community here in Anchorage, AK, help us to pay tribute to those that have gone on before and in remembering our heritage!  Remember, “It is only by working together that we can make it work!”

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