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Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the end of legal slavery in the United States. It has its origins on June 19, 1865, the day the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, learned they were free when General Gordon Granger arrived with 2,000 Union troops and issued General Order No. 3, proclaiming the end of slavery in Texas. It became a federal holiday on June 15, 2021.

Join the Josephine School Community Museum, Josephine Improvement Association, and Clarke County Training School – Johnson Williams High School Reunion Association, for Clarke County’s first community Juneteenth Celebration.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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