Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day is the oldest holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage. Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery by General Granger in Galveston, Texas in 1865 two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states.
Juneteenth is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, community gatherings and picnics. (Source: AT THE LIBRARY - June 2011.)
See also: http://www.sfjuneteenth.org/z-history-01.html.
SAN FRANCISCO JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
June 18-19, 2011
June 18-19 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fillmore St. btwn. Geary St. & Fulton St.
June 18 - 11 a.m.
Civic Center Plaza, 1 Carlton Goodlett Place (Polk St. @ Grove St.)
The parade is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of African Americans.
June 18 - 1 to 6 p.m.
Fillmore St./Fulton St.
3 on 3 Basket Ball Tournament
Saddle Up for Good Health
Visit http://www.sfjuneteenth.org/history-02-a.html for the history of the San Francisco Juneteenth Festival.