The commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, also known as Juneteenth, takes place annually on June 19.
On June 19, 1865 the last of the remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of the end of slavery and the end of the Civil War two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
Many today recognize and observe the day as the freedom of African Americans.
There are several scheduled events taking place across the state:
“I, Too, Am America: Juneteenth Rally for Justice": 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 19 in Tulsa's Greenwood District.
Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m Friday, June 19 at The Mercury Center located at 426 E Main St. in Norman, Oklahoma.
Juneteenth Yoga: Are You Uncomfortable Yet?: Friday, June 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 180Physique in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Juneteenth Celebration Block Party: from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Nappy Roots Books located at 3705 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City.
The "Solidarity in the Plaza: Black Lives Matter": 5 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Plaza District has been postponed due to a rise in recent COVID-19 numbers.
The Juneteenth Celebration & March Hosted by Coalition of Partners in NW OKC scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma City has been canceled due to the possibility of severe weather.