Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 15, 2024
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
Court House Park, Cortland
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Special Event
Multicultural Life & Diversity

Juneteenth Celebration: The fourth annual event hosted by Cortland County Community of Color (C4), Court House Park, Cortland, noon to 3 p.m.

This celebration honors the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19,  we reflect on and celebrate the freedom and independence of African-Americans in the United States and around the world. Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas in 1865 and has since spread across the United States and worldwide. This day is celebrated nationwide as a day of hope, remembrance, and motivation.

Why is Juneteenth celebrated on the 19th of June, instead of September 22, when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation?  

It was on June 18 that the Union Army marched into Galveston, Texas and enforced President Lincoln's emancipation. Since then celebrations in Galveston have been among the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the world!

Now a national holiday, seeing the support of this day from other community members shows Black Americans that they no longer need to struggle or fight for equity alone.

There will be music, speeches, a dunk tank, lawn games,  vendors, giveaways, and more! This is a free event!

C4 is a collaborative initiative between SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).

The event is co-sponsored by SUNY Cortland, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), and the Central NY Foundation

Special thanks to the City of Cortland, Cortland Police Department, New York State Police, and Cortland Fire Department for their support.

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