Event Dates: 6/20/2014
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
Location Phone: 404-624-1071
Juneteenth Celebration at Cyclorama & Grant Park on Friday, June 20 from 11 am-4 pm – FREE event
When Major General Granger arrived in Texas on June 19, 1865, to deliver General Order Number 3 informing enslaved African Americans they were free, the news came two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Upon hearing the news, African Americans started a tradition called Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Celebrations included rodeos, fishing and baseball, and typical foods enjoyed were barbeque and strawberry soda-pop. Events also focused on remembering the past, education and self-improvement. Come to Cyclorama for a day of fun, educational activities, poetry slams, and theater as we honor the memory of all formerly enslaved African Americans and celebrate this long-standing tradition. This event is being presented in partnership with the Atlanta History Center. Delicious foods and refreshments will be available for sale.