061722 County Celebrates 3rd Annual Juneteenth Day
Posted on 06/24/2022

Washington County 3rd Annual Juneteenth Day Celebration

West Bend, WI –
In recognition of the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, Washington County is hosting its 3rd annual Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at the Historic Washington County Courthouse. Juneteenth Day became a federal holiday in June 2021.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The event dates to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. This was more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863.

“We began the Juneteenth Day celebration in Washington County because there’s shared history where we can really build some connections and understanding. Juneteenth Day is an important cultural event because it not only helps us to remember the difficult history of enslavement in the United States, but also provides an opportunity for our great community to celebrate its significance together,” said County Executive Josh Schoemann.

In addition to County Executive Schoemann’s proclamation presentation, the Juneteenth Day celebration will feature:

• Welcome and Emcee – Rev. Clarissa Martinelli – 5th Avenue United Methodist Church
• Singer - National Anthem and Hymn – Noelle Braun, Casa Guadalupe Education Center
• Speakers –Poems read by Omari Maikowski from Rockfield Elementary and Hally Bowles from Germantown High School
• Refreshments will be served following the program

DATE: Sunday, June 19, 2022
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Historic Washington County Courthouse, 320 S. 5th St., West Bend