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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Town Celebrates the 154th Anniversary of the End of Slavery at “Juneteenth” Event at the Historic Lo

Juneteenth celebration group photo

Farmingville, NY -  On June 15, Councilman Michael Loguercio (third from left), Supervisor Ed Romaine (fourth from left) and Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright (second from right) attended the Town of Brookhaven’s annual Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the Black History Commission. The event was held at the historic Longwood Estate in Ridge, and it recognized the 154th anniversary of the end of slavery in 1865. The celebration included a BBQ picnic, games, music, dancing and activities for children.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had officially ended and the enslaved were now free. This came two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery was not abolished throughout the United States until the ratification of the 13th Constitutional Amendment on December 6, 1865.

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