GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
The date June 19, 1865 is the day slaves in Galveston, Texas learned President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in America. Lincoln had signed the historic document two years prior.
On every June 19 since then, communities across the country hold celebrations in recognition of the historic event.
This year, Michigan's governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is calling for a day of observance on June 19. She signed a proclamation making the day 'Juneteenth Celebration Day' in Michigan.
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In Grand Rapids, an organization named West Michigan Jewels of Africa is hosting the 2019 Dickinson Park Dundunba to celebrate the day. It is an African drum and dance celebration that will take place from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dickinson Park is located at 1635 Willard St SE.
The annual, free, all-ages celebration includes an ancestral alter, performances from Kuungana African Drum and Dance Troop from Flint. There will also be singing, youth theater performances, poetry and an African-American Police Honoring Ceremony for the late Officer Percy Brown Sr. and Officer Michael Harris.
For more information about the Dickinson Park Dundunda, click here.
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