Lakeland Juneteenth Committee 28th Annual Cultural Observance,
coming Saturday, TBA, June 2020
Sponsors are The Lakeland Juneteenth Committee, The Bailey Group, Hall Communications, Paul A.Diggs NA. In-kind donation.
The public invited to attend its 28 annual Juneteenth Day Observance on Saturday, June TBA, 2020, Lakeland, Florida 33801.
JUNETEENTH ... Theme: TBA
Honorees: Juneteenth Legislation Sponsor, Former Rep. Dr. Alzo Reddick, Orlando. Dr. Reddick.
Contact us, if you are interested in sponsorship.
We solicit your support and contributions to support Lakeland youth
training. Donations: Juneteenth Inc, 7938 Benjamin Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33810-5140.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. 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. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Later attempts to explain this two and a half years delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status
Lakeland Juneteenth Observance, Saturday, June TBA, 2020., Lakeland. Three fathers from Polk County will be recognized. Speakers TBA. General public is invited to attend. Admission donation.