BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)– Juneteenth is the oldest recognized ceremony honoring the end of slavery in the United States.
” The Emancipation Pronouncement was released by President Abraham Lincoln on January very first,1863 And that established that all enslaved individuals in the confederate states that remained in disobedience versus the union will be free,” stated Peggy Brooks Bertram, co-founder of Uncrowned Queens.
However the liberty that so many longed for did not occur instantly.
” In Between 1863 and 1865 they didn’t even inform these slaves that they had been freed. And part of it pertained to the truth that they wanted to continue to get these slaves to look after the harvest,” stated Bertram.
Murray Holman, a Juneteenth Board Member, said it is very important that this piece of history is taught and understood.
” It is very important to all communities that we push the history out to the community for our children and our elders to understand that there is a story that requires to be told. A correct way of the story being told,” stated Holman.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an executive order today recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state workers.
There’s now a push to make it a national holiday.
” I mean it’s overdue, you know it’s definitely overdue. We only got Martin Luther King Day, and now to have another day of us unified,” said Holman.
Holman said he hopes anytime someone points out the month June, they instantly consider Juneteenth.
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