4th annual Journey to Juneteenth events slated throughout Gainesville

Multiple events will be on tap in Gainesville for the month-long fourth annual Journey to Juneteenth starting Saturday, May 18.
Multiple events will be on tap in Gainesville for the month-long fourth annual Journey to Juneteenth starting Saturday, May 18.
City of Gainesville

Multiple events are slated throughout Gainesville to celebrate the fourth annual Journey to Juneteenth: Florida Emancipation to National Celebration.

The first event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, for the Florida Emancipation Celebration at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center. The event is free to the public.

The city of Gainesville will hold a flag-raising ceremony and proclamation from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at the City Hall Plaza (200 E. University Ave.) to officially recognize Florida’s actual emancipation date – May 20, 1865. The date marks the day when enslaved Africans first learned of their freedom in Tallahassee, over two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Monday’s ceremony is open to the public and is just one of several city of Gainesville’s monthlong program of events through June 19, the date when communities nationwide commemorate the announcement of freedom reaching Texas in 1865.

The city of Gainesville posted a list of the monthlong events below:

Additional details about Journey to Juneteenth events can be found online

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