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Juneteenth: A Cautionary Tale

Seattleites reflect on freedom, resistance and joy to honor the day liberation from slavery finally arrived, over two years after Emancipation.

by Lola Peters

I must have been 8 or 9 the first time I heard about it. My parents were hosting a backyard barbecue for friends and someone mentioned it was Juneteenth. I had to ask my father what the word meant, and he laughingly explained it was a contraction for June 19th, 1865, the date enslaved people of African descent in Texas were told that the U.S. government had freed them 2½ years earlier. As he and his friends chatted about it, I realized it was a cautionary tale. My young mind filled with questions. Continue reading Juneteenth: A Cautionary Tale