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Let's Reflect. Let's Empower. Let's Rejoice!

We're so excited to share all Juneteenth festivities happening ALL MONTH long in the city of Monroe! June will be a month of serious celebration! This site is constantly being updated with the latest information. View the current listing so you can plan your Juneteenth month accordingly!

Juneteenth and Juneteenth Month History

Juneteenth is an American holiday which commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the

Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor."

— General Orders, Number 3

Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865

Juneteenth, short for June Nineteenth, is also known as “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

In 1996, the first federal legislation to recognize "Juneteenth Independence Day" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, it wasn't until June 17, 2021 President Biden signed legislation that made Juneteenth a federal holiday.

On June 6, 2022. Councilwoman Juanita Woods read a declaration approved by the City of Monroe. The Declaration announced that Juneteenth would now be considered a month-long celebration in the City of Monroe, LA. Members of the Juneteenth Planning Committee also were there to give more information about the live calendar. Cheryl Sutton, Angelica Cooper, and Rebekah Martin all gave information about how to submit events, join the committee, and where to access the calendar.  

Learn About The Official Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth Flag was originally designed by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF), with contributions from Verlene Hines, Azim, and Eliot Design.

However, just three years later, artist Lisa Jeanne Graf posted on her website that she "fine tuned" the flag, which resulted in the flag we see today.

"The Juneteenth flags represent the history, and freedom for American enslaved people and their descendants. The design of the Juneteenth flag depicts a bursting "new star", on the horizon. The star represents A NEW FREEDOM, A NEW PEOPLE, A NEW STAR. The red, white, and blue colors communicate that the American Slaves, and their descendants were all Americans." -Lisa Jeanne Graf

According to NJOF, here's what the individual symbols depicted in the flag represent:

Learn About The Pan-African Flag

The Pan-African flag was created in 1920, by a group known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA). The group, led by  Jamaican political activist, journalist, and speaker Marcus Garvey, created the flag in direct response to anti-Black folk songs. The organization and it's members created the Pan-African flag to act as a unifying symbol for Black people; Flags symbolize the union of governance, people, and territory, this flag was created to unify Black people in America and around the world.

Although both flags act as symbols of pride and freedom for Black people, the Juneteenth flag was intentionally created to honor this holiday, whereas the Pan-African flag can be used in any number of ways in representation of all Black people dispersed across the globe.