The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire would like to invite you and your congregation to join us for our 2021 Juneteenth Celebration: Found Lineage: Celebrating African American Roots & Branches. This year’s celebration is June 17-19, and takes place both virtually and in person. With a focus on African American genealogy and research, this year’s Juneteenth Celebration offers a series of engaging, informative, and entertaining programs that examine the connection between the emerging knowledge of our DNA and historical events in the Black community.
Programs also highlight how science is leading journeys of self-discovery, helping people rewrite their understanding of their families and their orientations as Americans. Juneteenth is the oldest known nationally celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
However, it was not until June 19th, 1865, two years later, when the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island in Texas and began a war against defenders of slavery, that the enslaved people in Galveston could begin their journey towards freedom.
More information can be found at blackheritagetrailnh.org.