San Diego County celebrates Juneteenth
San Diego County communities celebrated Juneteenth over the weekend with events around the region commemorating the freeing of the last group of slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.
Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of the last group of slaves in Galveston Texas in June 1865. It was two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, abolishing all slavery in the U.S.
Juneteenth became a federally recognized holiday in 2021, but the Black community has celebrated for decades. Despite the significant progress made, many members of the Black community have said they need to keep moving forward.
U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs was in attendance, among other politicians such as San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego City Councilmember Marni Von Wilpert, and Councilmember Vivian Moreno.