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Juneteenth Celebration at Historic Richmond Town

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Visit Historic Richmond Town to honor Juneteenth, featuring a day of special programs, including demonstrations of hearth cooking, discussions of social history, and historical reenactment. Learn about the history and origins of this holiday celebrating the end of American chattel slavery. The event's focal point is the Juneteenth Reenactment of the reading of General Orders No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, performed by the Staten Island Juneteenth Freedom Players. Visit shops and houses throughout the village, featuring programs exploring African American history. New York State abolished slavery in 1827, while other states in the South and elsewhere maintained the practice, and along with it, systems of oppression and racism. The American Civil War (1861-1865) was fought over the divisive issue of slavery, which resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and later the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery nationally. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, on June 19, 1865, Union troops informed the people of Galveston, Texas that enslaved people were free. $15 for adults, kids 5 and under free.

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Historic Richmond Town
  • 441 Clarke Ave.
  • Staten Island, NY 10306