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Bolingbrook Junteenth Celebration

June 17, 2017, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Annually, members of the community form a partnership to host a Juneteenth festival the benefit of Bolingbrook and surrounding communities. This event provides a positive and peaceful forum for the community’s residents to educate, empower and encourage.

This multicultural celebration includes live entertainment, food, vendor booths and educational exhibits.

Summarily, Juneteenth is the equivalent of Independence Day for African Americans and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  It was on June 19th in 1865, that Union soldiers (led by Major General Gordon Granger) traveled to Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note, the news was delivered almost three years after President Lincoln’s official Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Regrettably, the Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the small number of Union troops willing to enforce the Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. Juneteenth celebrations have been held across the United States since June 19th of 1865 in recognition of this momentous occasion.

On Juneteenth we come together young and old to listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one step closer together – to better utilize the energy wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day that we pray for peace and liberty for all.”  


June 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Performing Arts Center (Bolingbrook)
375 West Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
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(630) 226-8400

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