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@ St. Peter's and St. John's Episcopal Church

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

June 19

@ St. Peter's and St. John's Episcopal Church

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

The Day's Activities:

  • Beginning at 8:30AM: Gathering, Prayers, and Songs
  • 9:30AM: A March for Unity with chants and songs symbolic of our Oneness as God’s children; Route: from St. John’s to Peter Paul Development Center (approximately 1.5 miles)
  • Upon our Arrival at Peter Paul Development Center: 10: 45AM - Worship Service inside the church, with Co-lead Pastor of East End Fellowship, preaching.
  • 11:30AM - 2:00PM: Lunch under a tent, fellowship, and games .

By registering and making lunch reservations you assist us in our preparations.

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