Proclaiming Freedom

June 17, 2013
Communications Staff
A rock painted with a dove and the words "Freedom Juneteenth 2013"
Photo credit: John Seyfried

Oberlin's annual Juneteenth festival took place Saturday, June 15, on Tappan Square. Featuring food, music, arts, crafts, and more, the festival came at the end of a week of events commemorating Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas were emancipated—nearly two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Oberlinians have celebrated Juneteenth for two decades, and in 2004 City Council established it as an official day of commemoration and celebration.

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