WHAT - Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D - Freeport) and Legislators Siela A. Bynoe (D - Westbury) and Carrié Solages (D - Lawrence) are partnering with the Joysetta & Julius Pearse African American Museum of Nassau County, the Nassau Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Nassau County Guardians Association, Inc to present “Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom” at Eisenhower Park on Sunday, June 19.
Emceed by comedian Monique Young, the event will feature food and vendors, performances by Everton Bailey and the Instrumental Sounds of Praise and the Uniondale High School Rhythm of the Knight show choir, and a Kid Corner sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union as part of the afternoon’s festivities at Eisenhower Park’s iconic Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It specifically refers to the June 19, 1865 issuance of Union General Gordon Granger’s “General Order No. 3,” which brought news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to the people of Texas in these words:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” the order reads in part. “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves…”
WHEN - Sunday, June 19, 2022
TIME - 2 - 6 p.m.
WHERE - Eisenhower Park - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre East Meadow, N.Y. 11554