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The City of Jersey City, Office of Municipal Council and Office of Cultural Affairs were proud to recognize the Frederick Douglass Juneteenth Celebration and The National Juneteenth Observation Foundation on the 156th Anniversary of Juneteenth Freedom Day during the Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Juneteenth also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is one of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States as well as a tradition in the African-American culture since its beginning in 1865 at Galveston, Texas.
The Civil Rights Movement saw a resurgence in the Juneteenth Celebrations as the African American community joined together in the struggle for racial equality, bringing on increased patriotism and a sense of pride as they associated with the historical struggles of their ancestors. The Modern Juneteenth Movement in 1994 began with the gathering of Juneteenth leaders at the Christian Unity Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Soon after, numerous Juneteenth organizations were formed, such as the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, which was founded by Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Flag.
Attendees from Left to Right :Mofalc Olei Meinga, President of Frederick Douglass Juneteenth CelebrationCouncil President Joyce Watterman, Municipal Council of Jersey CityCheryl Murphy, Board Member of Frederick Douglass Juneteenth CelebrationDarryl Spence, Secretary of Frederick Douglass Juneteenth CelebrationCouncilman-At-Large Rolando Lavarro, Municipal Council of Jersey CityNestor Cartagena Pacheco, U.S Marine Corp Veteran, Juneteenth HonoreeCouncilwoman Mira-Prinz-Arey, Ward B of Jersey CityMayor Steven M. Fulop, City of Jersey CityCouncilwoman Denise Ridley, Ward A of Jersey CityAngela Hudson, U.S Army Veteran, Juneteenth Honoree
To watch the flag raising on YouTube, please CLICK HERE