Chandler residents of all races, nationalities and religions are invited to come together in June to commemorate one of the greatest events in the history of our nation, the abolishment of slavery in 1865.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. The origins of the observance trace back to 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Since then, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. While Juneteenth commemorates freedom, its focus has expanded to highlight achievements in the African American community and the importance of continuing education.
“Juneteenth is a major event that righted one of the greatest wrongs in the history of our country. Everyone needs to commemorate and celebrate this glorious day,” said Lavon Woods, founding member of the South Chandler Self-Help Foundation, which co-sponsors the event with the City of Chandler. The foundation has dedicated the past 16 years to informing and educating the community about Black Histor