Juneteenth cookout to be held at Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center courtyard

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center invites all members of the Vanderbilt community to its Juneteenth cookout on Wednesday, June 19. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Black Cultural Center courtyard.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery. Although President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was enacted on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until nearly two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that Union Soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and those who were enslaved in the state were free.

For additional information or questions about the Juneteenth Cookout, contact Black Cultural Center Assistant Director Katrina Crawford.