Message from the Pastors and Mission Committee of First Presbyterian Church Arlington Heights.

Let us all recognize the significance of this holiday.

Why is it called Juneteenth? It’s a combination of June and 19th, the day in 1865  enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out they’d  been freed-after the end of the Civil War and two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. In the beginning, this day was celebrated as Black Americans’ true Independence Day, recognized with large raucous outdoor parties among the formerly enslaved families as many had been separated. They were revolutionary because they were free of the restrictive “Black Codes” enforced in confederate states controlling whether liberated slaves could gather to worship, buy  property and vote. If you feel so moved, please take a moment to solemnly reflect on this aspect of our history.

A Prayer for Juneteenth

– Written by Rev. Kyle Walker, N4DR Education and Training Committee

Additional Resources

Learn More About Juneteenth

Arlington Heights Juneteenth Concert

Chicagoland Juneteenth Events