Juneteenth is June 19th!


Emancipation Day Celebration band, June 19, 1900

Juneteenth is a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth. On the historic day of June 19, 1865 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston with an executive decree to declare slavery had ended for some 250,000 enslaved black people in Texas.

Though the Emancipation Declaration had been signed in 1863, it wasn’t until years later in 1865 that slaves were freed in states that had remained under Confederate control.

[Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900 

In East Austin, the Rosewood neighborhood became home to much of the local minority community as a result of segregationist and racist zoning policies beginning in the 1910’s. From this rocky foundation a community grew deep roots. Rosewood Park held its first Juneteenth celebration in 1930, the same year it was opened, and continues the tradition to today.

Austin’s Rosewood Neighborhood provides a candid historical perspective though the photographic lens of long-term residents. Check it out from your local APL branch, or stop by APL Shop for a copy to keep forever.

Austin's Rosewood Neighborhood

 

Image Credits:

1. Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration band, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124054/: accessed June 3, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

2. Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124053/: accessed June 3, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.