Dumfries Commemorates Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate Freedom with Family and Friends

For over 150 years, Juneteenth has been celebrated throughout the US as one of the oldest African American celebrations of freedom. Meeting up with old friends, enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs and fried chicken, and surrounded by fellowship and good music on a beautiful Saturday afternoon was a great way to celebrate Juneteenth in the Town of Dumfries Merchant Park. The event commemorated the 19th day of June 1865 when thousands of slaves in the State of Texas finally received the news that slavery was over when Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued an order officially freeing them, over two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event was organized by the Prince William NAACP in partnership with the Pi Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the other ‘Devine 9’ Panhellenic organizations The celebration began at 9:00am when Members and Friends of the Historic Dumfries Colored/Thomas-Tuell (Slave) Cemetery were joined by local sororities, fraternities, masonic lodges and residents of Prince William County, and the surrounding communities to clean-up.the Slave Cemetery followed at 11:00am by a picnic that was open to all! 


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