Juneteenth was rec­og­nized as a fed­er­al hol­i­day on June 17, 2021. The date was first cel­e­brat­ed in 1865 when news of the free­dom of enslaved peo­ple from states in rebel­lion against the Union final­ly reached Galveston, Texas — the last state in the Confederacy offi­cial­ly notified. 

Union General Gordon Granger pro­claimed the news near­ly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863.  It is no won­der that this date has also been known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Black Independence Day, and Jubilee Day.

Winchester’s annu­al Juneteenth cel­e­bra­tion will be held in Heritage Park this Saturday — June 18, 2022 from 12 to 4 p.m. The park is locat­ed at 131 West Washington Street. The event is spon­sored by the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee.

The keynote speak­er for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion is Rev. Kenny Clay, who will be speak­ing at 12:30 p.m. There will also be food ven­dors and good fel­low­ship. Bring your own lawn chair. 

Come to the park to cel­e­brate on Saturday. I have attend­ed pri­or cel­e­bra­tions and it has always been a won­der­ful day for adults and fam­i­lies! It’s also a great way to pro­mote uni­ty in our com­mu­ni­ty. I hope to see every­one there.

  • Sabrina Puckett

    Sabrina Puckett has lived in Winchester since 1989. In 2015 she retired from her work in Adult Protective Services with the State after 26 years. Since then, she has worked in Winchester in home­less ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ty men­tal health. She is a mem­ber of Better Together Winchester, Emmanual Episcopal Church, and is a mem­ber of the WinCity News and Views advi­so­ry board. Her favorite role cur­rent­ly is grand­moth­er to a red-head­ed tod­dler boy.