Lakeland Juneteenth Committee 25th Annual Cultural Observance
This year the Diamond Angels will return, Southern Starz Saddle Sistaz, twin sisters barrel racers (age 9) and trick riders, all from Atlanta, GA. Announcer Jim Scott will return too.
Sponsors are The Lakeland Juneteenth Committee, The Bailey Group, Hall Communications, Paul A.Diggs NA, J & M Farm, Coney FH and Michael Dunn. In-kind donation are Agape and VFW 8002.
The public invited to attend its 25 annual Juneteenth Day Observance on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Aldine Combee Arena, 1140 Fish Hatchery Road, Lakeland, Florida 33801.
JUNETEENTH RODEO... Theme: "THE YEAR OF CARING" Agape will give the first 200 families free groceries from 11:30 - 1p.m. at the arena. First come, first served.
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Calf Roping and BreakAway.
Prizes for Best Dressed Cowboy/Cowgirl. Come join us for Fun, Food and Excitement. Vendors are welcome.
Grand Entrance Parade 5:30p.m.
General Donation - Adults $5, children under three free. For details call 863-816-6480. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorees: Juneteenth Legislation Sponsor, Former Rep. Dr. Alzo Reddick, Orlando. Dr. Reddick, to include Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactors.
Contact if you are interested in sponsorship.
We solicit your support and contributions to support Lakeland youth to receive equine 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 17, 2017., 2p.m. at The Coleman-Bush Building, Lakeland. Three fathers from throughout Polk County will be honored. Speaker TBA. General public is invited to attend. Admission free.