(WGHP) — Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, codifying the annual celebration commemorating the end of slavery.
Governor Roy Cooper shared a video message on Saturday, commemorating the holiday.
“Emancipation was made possible by the work of Black activists and abolitionists. As we celebrate Black heritage, history and freedom, it’s critical that we also take this opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and present. By addressing the systemic racism that has been in our communities for centuries, we can create a more just and equitable future,” Cooper said.
Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 date when the last enslaved Black people in the U.S learned from the Union soldiers in Texas they were free, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
“As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, let’s commit to work even harder building a North Carolina that works for everyone,” Cooper said.
Festivities are usually held to commemorate the milestone in American history. Here’s a rundown of what the Triangle has in store.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, Juneteenth art collaboration at the North Carolina State Capitol
Saturday, 2 p.m. at 2235 Garner Road in Raleigh for the Raleigh Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, 5 p.m. day of unity at 1032 Clear creek farm Dr. Raleigh NC 27615
Saturday, 4 p.m. Brightwood hosting a Juneteenth celebration at 3901 Brightwood Lane, Durham
Saturday, 9 a.m., Deeper Life Church Ministries celebrates Juneteenth at 900 Eleventh Street, Goldsboro, NC
Saturday, 4 p.m. , community motorcade starting at Hargraves
Saturday 3-6 p.m., NAACP Youth Council celebration at Carrboro Town Commons at 301 W. Main Street
Saturday 6-8 p.m., save the live music performances at 140 West Plaza