On Friday, June 14 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, a ceremony will take place in Old Towne Petersburg at the corner of Bank and Sycamore Streets, which historically is known as “Corling’s Corner”. Park Ranger Robert Webster will discuss how human beings were bought, sold, and rented as domestics and laborers to both private citizens and businesses at the end of each year. The event is held in conjunction with Juneteenth, an annual event which commemorates the day in June of 1865 when all slaves in the United States were set free.
Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration to mark the partial end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated in over 200 cities, Juneteenth’s origins are in Galveston, Texas where on June 19, 1865, slaves were informed of their freedom by Union troops including the United States Colored Troops. The commemoration, in modern times, celebrates the continued quest for freedom while also acknowledging the achievements of African Americans. Another goal of Juneteenth is to promote mutual respect among diverse cultures in our community.
Contact: Robert Webster (804) 732-3531 x223.
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