Atlanta Celebrates Juneteenth

Jun 19, 2018

Atlantans gathered this past weekend to celebrate Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War. That came two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2011, Georgia  became the 37th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. 

Today, Atlanta's African-American community commemorates Juneteenth with a festival that includes Africana music, a black history parade, an Afro fashion show, Caribbean food sold by black vendors, tribal face painting and more.

In this year's parade, the sixth annual, there was also a special float that paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years after his death.