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Celebration and History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to June 19, 1865, a full two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

With a renewed focus on Black history and civil rights, as confederate monuments and monikers are being toppled city by city, we can see so clearly how our lives are shaped by history and how the struggle for emancipation is ongoing.  

The struggle for liberation involves an intimate personal journey as well as collective united action. Perhaps at HAWC agency we know better than most.  The trauma that comes from abuse, whether at the hands of a political system, a loved one, or a stranger, takes a terrible, personal toll.  The healing journey can be arduous and it can be extremely difficult to achieve a genuine, lasting sense of psychological, emotional, and individual freedom. We intend HAWC to be a part of those continuing efforts.

Click the links below for resources to celebrate Juneteenth and learn about it’s history

Learn history of Juneteenth


Shop at black owned business 


Learn about Opal Lee and her Juneteenth Marches


Learn about the symbolism and history of the Juneteenth Flag

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