This year, the Grand Island Central School District paid tribute to Juneteenth. The school district honored this day in history on Friday, June 18, 2021 for the first time ever. Veronica E. Connor Middle School seventh graders were actively learning and creating murals for students to view.
First called Emancipation Day by African Americans in Texas, Juneteenth marks the date in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, and what it would mean for them – freedom. But it was not without its challenges. It took Texas two and a half hears to fully disclose the emancipation of slaves. And once their freedom was granted, African Americans still faced overwhelming obstacles. With so much racism and prejudice, African Americans also had little education and money. It was challenging to begin again.
June 19 became an Emancipation Day Celebration in Texas. People would dress in their best to celebrate freedom. L.J. Graf designed a Juneteenth flag with colors to remind all that the freed slaves and their descendants are American citizens. The bursting star denotes the state flag of Texas with new freedom and a new people on the horizon.
It is with great honor that the students of VCMS learn and raise awareness of this American observance to all!