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Posted on: March 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Juneteenth Planning Committee

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The Lebanon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission is seeking volunteers for a Juneteenth Planning Committee. If you are interested in helping to plan Lebanon's first-ever Juneteenth Celebration, please email by April 1, 2022.

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. Although President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, it took more than two years for the institution of slavery to end in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in that state. President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independent Day Act into Law on June 17, 2021.

The Juneteenth Planning Committee will meet in April and May to plan and execute a Juneteenth Celebration in Lebanon. Please email by April 1, 2022 if you are interested in participating on this committee.

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