What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued in January of 1863, many were still enslaved. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order 3, which freed any remaining enslaved people.
Participation in Juneteenth grew throughout generations of descendants from that summer day. As African Americans in the South migrated to different cities, Juneteenth celebrations began to appear around the country. Now, it’s been a tradition in America for over 150 years.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Because of slavery, African Americans were not allowed to enjoy the same religious freedoms as others. Now, every person — regardless of ethnicity — can live freely. Every church in America has the potential to be a snapshot of the kingdom of Heaven (Revelation 7:9
So, let’s worship and celebrate together as we pursue uncommon unity! Join us on Saturday, June 19 at 5pm in Anderson, Columbia, or Charleston for Freedom Night: A Celebration of Juneteenth.
Want to know more? Here’s further reading:
- “What is Juneteenth?” by Elizabeth Nix on History.com
- “The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth” from the National Museum of African American History & Culture