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Tulsa Juneteenth Festival - Tulsa - June 13-15, 2024

Updated: Mar 29

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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.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

Tulsa's Juneteenth Festival on historical, Greenwood Avenue serves as a safe space to exist in the fullest expression of yourself, as human, free and worthy of the joy of liberation. The event includes a block party, music performances, wellness activities, an art exhibition, an interactive art installation and other events.

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