The town of Monona will celebrate June 17 on Friday June 18, with a community walk and a peace ceremony.
Juneteenth is a public holiday celebrating “the freedom and achievement of black Americans,” a proclamation from Monona City Council said.
The holiday marks the day that American troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865, sent to free people who were still in slavery, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, a statement from city ââpress said Monona.
Also known as “Emancipation Day” and “Freedom Day,” the holiday honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the oldest black holiday, the statement said. It is usually celebrated on June 19.
The Town of Monona will host a ceremony at 1 p.m. at Monona Town Hall, 5211 Schluter Road, which will begin with Monona’s Clerk Toya Harrell singing the first verse of the Black National Anthem.
After the hymn and a welcoming statement, participants will join a peace march around Winnequah School and the swimming pool, back to Town Hall. A city press release said signs are encouraged and all are welcome.
Upon their return to City Hall after the peace march, people will be invited to make remarks, the press release said, and the event will end at 2 p.m.
The event is intended “to show support for the black sisters and brothers who live in Monona and the surrounding area,” a press release said.
For more information, contact the City at 608-222-2525.