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Juneteenth 2020

As a community, we join together in solidarity to support and acknowledge Juneteenth as an important day in our history. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation--which became official on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is considered by many as a day of reflection and hope for continued efforts and commitment to creating an anti-racist, diverse, equitable society. As an institution, we will continue to make this true for our students and the Garrison Forest community as a whole.

"Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man, this race and that race and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal." --Abraham Lincoln, (July 10, 1858)


DMV Juneteenth Activities

Family-friendly ways to celebrate Juneteenth as a family. 

What is Juneteenth? The celebration of the last enslaved people receiving word of their freedom.

What does it mean to be Antiracist?

Free essays and books written by black authors (resource shared with us by Mimi Cottingham '15)


Elementary School

Read Aloud of Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper 

Why is Juneteenth important? 

Middle School

This is Why Juneteenth is Important for America

High School

Juneteenth celebrates freedom from slavery in the U.S.  

For students of all ages 

Teaching Juneteenth to Students

Additional resources for all school-aged students can be found here


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