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Thread #168130 Message #4061181
Posted By: Mrrzy
24-Jun-20 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: Juneteenth - another US Independence Day
Subject: RE: Juneteenth - another US Independence Day
When I moved to Charlottesville in 1985 for grad school, this was not what I was taught about Juneteenth.
I was told by our freshman orientation person (who also explained things like how to pronounce Rio Rd and Monticello, and that the Corner was actually several blocks) that it celebrated when the last individual slave found out, through word of mouth, that they were free, and in fact had been for years. It had no precise date, and was called Juneteenth, exactly because in point of fact nobody knows precisely when, or where, that was.
There was a Doonesbury strip about this is the '70's, but with no mention that I recall of the word Juneteenth. I think it was Mike's ancestor but it might have been Zonker's. I have tried to google it but not succeeded. Yet.