Juneteenth Celebration with the African American Center for Cultural Development

Juneteenth Celebration in Olean 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Join the African American Center for Cultural Development in a Juneteenth Celebration!  Lots of different happenings to commemorate African American freedom and emphasize education and achievement. As always, there will be delicous food to enjoy!  This will be held at the Bethany Lutheran Church as the AACCD is still raising funds for their new home!

Schedule of Events and Presenters:
12:00-12:30pm: Opening Ceremony
12:30pm-until sold out: Awesomely Delicious Food
1:00-1:45pm: Drum Circle
2:00-2:45pm: Twin Tiers Writers
3:00-3:45pm: Dr. Kevin Watkins
4:00-5:45pm: Blues Ensemble and Open MIc
6:00-6:45pm: John Tait
6:45-7:00pm: Closing Ceremony

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new 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. 

For more information on this event please visit https://www.facebook.com/African-American-Center-for-Cultural-Development-295530000534231.   The Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 6 Leo Moss Dr. Olean, NY 14760.