Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
The Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity is partnering with City of Columbia Parks and Recreation to present a free Juneteenth film series throughout the month.
Check out other Juneteenth events in Columbia.