Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. It was on June 19th, that the Union…

California Red Tails to Fly Over Allensworth for Juneteenth Celebration

Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.  On June 14, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Friends of Allensworth will host its annual Juneteenth celebration. When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Juneteenth is the…

The Etymology of “Picnic”

Several LATTC BFSA meetings ago, some members were concerned about using the term, “picnic” in describing our Juneteenth celebration.  Etymologists dismiss the claim that the word picnic derived from events in which blacks were lynched, and online sources like Snopes and Urban Legends support those claims. However, the response from Dr. David Pilgrim, sociology professor and curator…