Happy Juneteenth: A Day of Remembrance and Celebration

Juneteenth is one of the most important (and underrecognized) days in American history. On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, declaring the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free. This was more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. 

According to Juneteenth.com, “The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.” 

Like the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Juneteenth is a step toward America becoming what it has always promised to be. That’s why for the second year in a row, FullContact is taking the day off to reflect and celebrate the longest-running African American holiday. 

As part of our celebration this year, FullContact is contributing to the Welton Street Renaissance, a fantastic organization working to bring more public art and music to the Welton Street Corridor in Five Points, known as the “Harlem of the West.” 

By revitalizing Five Points and bringing attention to the vibrant black history of Denver, we can do our small part to combat racism and contribute to the growth of this vital neighborhood. 

A community-driven program, the Welton Street Renaissance aims to attract investment to one of Denver’s most under-served neighborhoods. The organization will accomplish this through interactive events, education opportunities, and play, focusing on the rich history of music and art that has thrived in the neighborhood for more than a century. These include performances by local musicians, murals, streetscapes, and installations by local artists. 

Interested in learning more about Juneteenth or ways to celebrate? You can find great resources at:

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