Juneteenth

Juneteenth Commemoration


Jun 21
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
University of Richmond, Cannon Memorial Chapel
On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He issued General Order No. 3 to inform enslaved people that they were free. This is why we celebrate Juneteenth. We honor the day all African Americans were free from the bondage of slavery.

Join Spider Athletics, Equity & Community, and Human Resources for a Juneteenth commemoration on Tuesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. in Cannon Memorial Chapel. The program will include remarks by historian Dr. Lauranett Lee, a special performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by community musicians with The Music Tree, and poetry readings by University of Richmond athletes. Following the program, participants may enjoy refreshments and walk together to the Burying Ground on our campus for further reflection. All are welcome, and registration is not required.

Visit the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement's Summer Events & Volunteer Opportunities page for additional Juneteenth events in the Richmond region.