Every year the Palm Coast community is educated on the final day slavery was destroyed in America.
The African American Cultural Society held its annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 17, at its center at 4422 N. US 1.
The name "Juneteenth" is a combination of June and the 19th, which represent the day in 1865 when the last slaves in America (Galveston, Texas) were freed. On the day, Union Gen. Gordon Granger — standing with 2,000 federal troops to aid if necessary — announced the emancipation of slaves, due to General Order No. 3, which read:
"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."
Juneteenth has become either a state or ceremonial holiday in 45 of the 50 U.S. states.
AACS is seeking interested residents to join its organization. For more information, call 447-7030.