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Horizontes at Juneteenth
June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come and learn more about Horizontes from 6p-8p on Monday, June 18th. We will discuss Urban Housing and Development, redlining, and gentrification. If you are a resident of the north side of Wichita, then you will have a chance to fill out our survey as well!
Join us to help engage neighborhood residents in a conversation about their hopes and needs for the North East and NorthEnd.
Juneteenth festivities will take place throughout the week of June 16-23, 2018. All events will take place at the historic McAdam’s Park and Recreation Center and attendees must have a Juneteenth wristband to attend.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the 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.