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“Juneteenth” at the John Brown Farm
 
John Brown Lives! will join the Black Lives Matter movement calling upon people and communities of good faith around the country to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, by inviting the public to gather from 4-6pm at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid.
 
Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” celebrates the effective end of chattel slavery in the United States when, on this date in 1865 and two and a half years after President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, nearly 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure the freeing of all people still enslaved there. Celebrations erupted across the state as word spread, and the holiday has traditionally been commemorated with joyous family gatherings, prayer services, music and barbecues.
 
This year, Juneteenth will also be day of action, mourning and mobilization to the urgent tasks of countering racism and the structures of white supremacy that imperil Black lives.
 
On Wednesday, June 17, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making Juneteenth a paid holiday for state workers, saying, “It is a day we should all reflect upon. It is a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history.”
 
JBL! welcomes the public to walk about a “memorial field” of markers at the John Brown Farm that bear silent witness to some of the many hundreds of Black lives ended in recent years due to police violence and vigilantism. Several markers will be installed on Friday and more will be added over the coming weeks.
 
COVID-19 protocols requiring social distancing and the wearing of masks are in place.
 
For information, please contact Martha Swan, Executive Director, at info@johnbrownlives.org or 518-744-7112.