TL;DR news on Juneteenth at December 19, 2022
Photo courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library Juneteenth, the day that has come to mark the end of slavery in the United States, has been declared a state holiday in Maine. Janet Mills signed into law a bill last week designating June 19 each year as Juneteenth and as a paid state holiday on which all nonessential state offices must be closed. Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to ensure that all enslaved people were freed, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Kevin Deason was not the first among groups to help host a Juneteenth festival in Natchez, but he was the first to introduce Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson to the annual holiday, Gibson said. On Saturday, June 19, there will be a basketball tournament and then the Juneteenth grand parade, followed by a commemoration program with the 2021 Miss Juneteenth, Chylin Robertson. The segment steps inside a family dinner, where her mother probes about the meaning of Juneteenth, how Emma relates to the music she performs, and why she connects with Florence Price's work.