Juneteenth Day 2020

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About Juneteenth Day

Juneteenth Day is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of 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.

Visit https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm to learn more about the history of Juneteenth Day.

Juneteenth Day Reflections from YWCA SEW

This year, we asked Staff and Board members to share what Juneteenth Day means to them and when they initially learned about it.  Below you will find a video that captures the hearts and honesty of our YWCA SEW family.

Juneteenth Day Reflections from YWCA Southeast Wisconsin