By George Maclin
For the past thirteen years, the Black Association of SLAC
Employees (BASE) has hosted this SLAC event. BASE extends an invitation to
the SLAC community to help us celebrate Juneteenth on Friday, June 13.
This Juneteenth celebration will include musical entertainment, displays,
door prizes, BBQ and desserts.
The event will be held on the 13th at the Cafeteria Picnic
Area from 3-6 p.m. Flyers will soon be posted around site with information
on where to obtain your tickets.
Guests at the 2002 Juneteenth celebration were
treated to good food, music, games and more. This year’s event will
feature home-cooking and BBQ by staff volunteers, a video
presentation, door prizes and more. (Photo by Diana
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending
of slavery in this country. June 19, 1865, was freedom day for the slaves
in East Texas and portions of surrounding states. On this day General
Gordon Granger landed with Federal Troops in Galveston, Texas, with the
expressed mission of announcing that the war was over and the enslaved
were now free. Note this was two and a half years after President
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
The first observance of Juneteenth started in East Texas
and Southwestern Arkansas. Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the
country. SLAC’s Juneteenth celebration is one of the oldest Juneteenth
celebrations in California.