Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. At Lunch Break NJ, we honor and commemorate Juneteenth not only in words, but in our actions: We treat all those who enter our doors seeking refuge from their burdens with dignity, compassion, respect and understanding, no matter their circumstances, and acknowledge each person for his/her/their individuality.
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