Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday!
Here's what it celebrates.
Observed on June 19, the holiday commemorates the end of slavery in Texas—which wasn't until two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
BY SYDNEY COMBS
The United States has a new federal holiday. On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill into law that officially designates Juneteenth—observed each year on June 19—as an American holiday. As the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, federal workers will have the day off on June 18.
Known to some as the country’s “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. For more than 150 years, African American communities across the country have observed this holiday.
(Here’s why Juneteenth is a celebration of hope.)
Juneteenth has gained awareness in recent years as activists have pushed for state and federal recognition. With the signing of this bill, those efforts will finally come to fruition as Juneteenth becomes the first new federal holiday since the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
So what’s the story behind Juneteenth? Here’s a look at the history of the holiday and how it has been celebrated through the years.
Freedom after the Confederacy
At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect and declared enslaved people in the Confederacy free—on the condition that the Union won the war. The proclamation turned the war into a fight for freedom and by the end of the war 200,000 Black soldiers had joined the fight, spreading news of freedom as they fought their way through the South. (Read about the history of Juneteenth with your kids.)
Union leader Gordon Granger told the 250,000 enslaved people of Texas that they were free. Since Texas was one of the last strongholds of the South, emancipation would be a long-time coming for enslaved people in the state. Even after the last battle of the Civil War was fought in 1865—a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed—it is believed that many enslaved people still did not know they were free. As the story goes, some 250,000 enslaved people only learned of their freedom after Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and announced that the president had issued a proclamation freeing them.
The Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation will participate in the Tomato Fest on June 11, 2022, in Jacksonville, Texas.
We would like to invite you to visit us at our booth on the corner of Prosperity Bank.
As a token of our appreciation, the team will give you free educational material on site that we know you will enjoy.
Also, the Fred Douglass High School Centennial t-shirts have arrived. You can pick-up your shirt(s) or purchase the shirts at the booth. Fred Douglass High School centennial pens and raffle tickets will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds go to the District 1 Lincoln Park Revitalization project.
For more information, please contact one of the following individuals below:
Lucy Lacy ([email protected], (832 477-5829)
Anita Starling ([email protected], 832 622-4015)
Sandra Thompson ([email protected], 903 721-2261
We look forward to seeing you there!
Willie J. Howard
Get your Fred Douglass High School commemorative ink pens while they last!
The cost is $5.00 per pen, which includes a black pen holder. Pens can be purchased from any Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation board member or contact FDCDC vice president, Anita Starling at 832-622-4015. All proceeds support the FDCDC revitalization of District 1, Lincoln Park community.
Pens and Holders donated by Mattie Fry Dickerson! We are grateful for Mattie's generous donation!
Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation Lincoln Park Revitalization Fundraiser Raffle
1 for $5, 3 for $10.00 or 5 for $20.00
One ticket for the chance to win 1 of 10 prizes
Tickets can be purchased from any FDCDC board member or contact FDCDC Treasurer, Lucy Lacy at 832-477-5829
All proceeds support the FDCDC Revitalization of District 1, Lincoln Park community.
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Honoring The Founders of the Fred Douglass Alumni Association!
In order to facilitate check-in and seating of guests in a timely manner, we are asking guests to arrive at 7:00PM. We are looking forward to enjoying a wonderful evening with everyone.
THE LEGACY LIVES ON!
SAVE THE DATE!
The FDCDC and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee (JCC) of Jacksonville are collaborating to create a weekend of memorable celebrations for Juneteenth 2022!
Please plan on joining us!
On Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:30PM, the FDCDC will host a Founders Dinner to honor the legacy created by founders of the Fred Douglass Alumni Association (FDAA). The year, 2022, will mark Fred Douglass High School's (Jacksonville, Tx) centennial celebration.
Dinner will be served at 8:00PM.
Tickets are: $500.00 table of 8, $70.00 couple, & $35.00 single (Deadline 06-03-2022)
Location: The Legacy 782 CR 1511 Jacksonville, Texas.
The Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation just opened up the registration for the FDAA Founders Banquet and we wanted to make sure you were the first to know!
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For Questions Contact:
Anita Starling 832-622-4015
On Saturday, June 18th, the JCC will sponsor a Juneteenth Parade, followed by activities in Lincoln Park for the entire community of Jacksonville. Parade route, times, and entry forms will be provided at a later date.
For More Information Contact: Michelle Williams 903-393-4288, Kesha Castleberry 903-330-5963, or Marsha Robertson 903-721-0810
Learn more about what we do
FDCDC has a fundamental belief that poverty cycles can be broken by education, hard work and opportunity. We envision young boys and girls in Jacksonville growing up with dreams of becoming confident and successful citizens in their community. Our belief is if they are given the proper tools, resources and guidance they are more likely to fulfill their destiny.
Austin Bank makes a $1000.00 donation to FDCDC to support the Lincoln Park Revitalization!
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Beacon of Light Church of Christ donated $1000.00 for a table at the Founders Banquet!
Kingdom Christian Center donated $500.00 for a table at the Founders Banquet!
Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation awarded grant
The Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation received a community grant, in the amount of $2500.00 from Walmart in Jacksonville. Walmart Grant Coordinator Wanda Phillips and Assistant Manager Jason Lobdell presented the check to Tracey Wallace (left), who received the check on behalf of FDCDC.
FDCDC – Continuing the Legacy of Service
Please be reminded that the FDCDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your contribution and God Bless you and your family!
FDCDC Announces Scholarship Awards!
Congratulations are in order! We are excited to announce scholarship awards for 2022. A total of five students submitted applications. Each applicant submitted an essay discussing the history of Fred Douglass High School and its impact in Jacksonville, past and present. In addition, essays included how the students’ college education will enable them to help others in the area of community service. Students did an excellent job on their essays! In observance of Fred Douglass Schools’ 100th Anniversary, ALL applicants received scholarship funds to assist with costs as they continue their educational journey. Awards are as follows: Roderick Gray, $1,000; Makayla Daniels, $1,000; Trinity Asberry, $500; Jaila Jones, $250; and Illiyah Washington, $250. Congratulations to all applicants!
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On May 11th, Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Committee led the unearthing of a time capsule buried 50 years ago during Jacksonville’s centennial celebration, in 1972. Approximately 150 individuals attended the event. The capsule held letters and documents from city officials and citizens. All materials were in great condition and will be housed at the Vanishing Texana Museum for the public to view. A new time capsule will be buried at the end of this year. The committee and community will collaborate on items to be included in the capsule.
Street banners have been hung along Commerce Street as decoration. The committee continues to outline events that will be included during a week of celebration, October 16th-22nd, culminating with a city-wide celebration all day on October 22nd. Festivities will include bicycle parade, bands, city-wide choir performance, great food, children play area, and loads of fun for the entire family. Consider this as a special invitation to all who resided in Jacksonville previously as well as all who currently reside in Jacksonville.
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Fred Douglass High School Success Stories
In follow up to the article recognizing pathways to success by FDHS, we want to highlight the many successful students from the historic FDHS. Please submit information on your FDHS success stories to [email protected] in PDF format please.
3 phase development of the Lincoln Park area presented by FDCDC Board of Trustee, Dr. Kenya I. Sekoni Etim
Phase 1: Renovate the park
Phase 2: Create a community garden
Phase 3: Build a community center
FDCDC is teaming up with other community leaders interested in improving District 1- the Lincoln Park neighborhood to start Phase 1.
Safer: better lighting, neighborhood watch, better equipment.
Smarter: An intentional playground
helps children develop emotionally and intellectually.
Healthier: Improve balance, strength, mobility of seniors and kids.
Our Fred Douglass Family includes a fine group of people operating as a team with the common objective of keeping the Fred Douglass dream alive and improving the community. All of us play an important part in making this happen. I am pleased and honored to be part of the Fred Douglass Family, and I am looking forward to all of us working on this important community project together.
Willie J. Howard
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