Juneteenth Event and Information

On Saturday, June 19th at 10:00 am, the Wenham Human Rights Committee, in partnership with the Hamilton-Wenham Human Rights Coalition and North Shore Juneteenth Association, will be hosting a Flag Raising Ceremony at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street.  

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Officially known as Emancipation Day and also called Juneteenth Independence Day and Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a portmanteau word for June and nineteenth and commemorates June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. This was 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation in 1863. 

According to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, 46 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or special day of observance.  Massachusetts made it an official holiday in 2020.  The U.S. Senate established June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day on June 19th, 2015.

Learn more about Juneteenth:

Northshore Juneteenth Association: https://north-shore-juneteenth-assoc.constantcontactsites.com/ 

History channel video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR3WqYI6wco

New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-day-celebration.html

Resources for students: https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/celebrating-juneteenth/

Children’s Books:             Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper

                                                All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, by Angela Johnson


Town Hall Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday Closed

Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


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