What is Juneteenth?

The Emancipation Oak in Fort Monroe’s story comes from the same time period as Juneteenth – learn more here

Why did neither slavery nor the Civil War end at Appomattox Courthouse? Why did Lincoln’s hand shake as he signed the Emancipation Proclamation? What is Juneteenth and how has it evolved? Who celebrates it and will it become a national holiday? The Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters, in partnership with Williamsburg Regional Library, invites the public to learn the answers at a free virtual webinar on Tuesday, June 15, at 2 p.m.

Watch the recording:

 “This webinar,” says local League president Sudie Watkins, “will prepare you for the Williamsburg community’s commemoration and reflection on the Black experience in America at the 2021 Juneteenth Opening Ceremony from 10-11 a.m. on Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg on the following Saturday, June 19th. The League believes that understanding the past can help us move toward a future with fuller participation in the electoral process.”

Williamsburg’s Juneteenth event is presented in partnership with William & Mary, The Let Freedom Ring Foundation, The First Baptist Church, The City of Williamsburg, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This community event is free and open to the public.