Juneteenth

July 22, 2020 | Alex Argiris

City of Rockville Unanimously Votes to Officially Recognize Juneteenth as a Holiday

Rockville’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to recognize Juneteenth as a citywide holiday. Juneteenth is a commemoration of the Union army arriving in Texas to emancipate slaves on June 19, 1865. The resolution approved by the Council and Mayor says that “the City will mark this date with special events and celebrations to encourage […]

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June 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘That’s the Sad Part About the Education System’: Residents Discuss Juneteenth’s Importance

Residents at Lake Needwood in Derwood spoke to MyMCMedia about the importance of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the official emancipation of all enslaved Black people in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas were pronounced free, about two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation was not enforced in Texas, which […]

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June 19, 2020 | Staff Writer

Commemoration of Juneteenth Takes on Added Significance in 2020

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that slavery officially ended. It is the oldest, nationally celebrated remembrance of the ending of slavery in the United States. The day celebrates emancipation and empowerment and emphasizes education and achievement. This year, because of recent killings of African Americans by active and retired police officers and the resulting protests across […]

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June 18, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Sandy Spring Slave Museum Honors Juneteenth with Virtual Celebration

The Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery is hosting a virtual Juneteenth celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday. Those who attend will enjoy special performances, and learn about the day’s significance from the museum’s team of historians. Special guests include retired NBA small forward Walt Williams and Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby, […]

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June 25, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Maryland Officials Call For Release of Tubman $20 Bill

There may be some hopeful news for Maryland officials who’ve been calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to reverse the decision to delay the release of the Harriett Tubman $20 bill. The Treasury Department’s acting inspector general will investigate the delay in the redesign of the $20 bill from Andrew Jackson to Tubman. Axios reported […]

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June 19, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for June 19 in Montgomery County

Happy Juneteenth! Today marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas on June 19, 1865. As we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” today — Wednesday, June 18 — here are five other things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Montgomery County Celebrates Pride Month: Tonight Councilmember Evan Glass, Denizens […]

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June 11, 2018 | Staff Writer

County Executive Ike Leggett to Host 22nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

County Executive Ike Leggett will host the county’s 22nd annual Juneteenth celebration Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Juneteenth commemorates the day that Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops freed the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. The Montgomery County Office […]

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June 20, 2017 | Staff Writer

Four Honored With Living Legends Awards During County’s Juneteenth Celebration

Four residents were awarded with “Living Legends Awards,” during Montgomery County’s 21st annual Juneteenth Celebration. The ceremony was held on June 16 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, according to a news release. This is the third year that officials have presented residents with the African American Living Legend Award.  This year’s […]

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June 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for June 16 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, June 16, in Montgomery County: 1. Vigil: The candlelight vigil for Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov, the two teenagers gunned down in Montgomery Village, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Northwest High School, and the community is invited. 2. Public Safety: The Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee […]

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June 17, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, June 17, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, June 17, in Montgomery County: 1. A black bear has been spotted multiple times this week in Montgomery County. 2. The Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) has been down for weeks at the Gaithersburg Airpark. 3. A community meeting to discuss the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is scheduled […]

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