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The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19th as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. “Juneteenth” stems from “June” and “nineteenth” and marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963.

To celebrate, The MetroHartford Alliance is encouraging the community to participate in various events/celebrations throughout the Greater Hartford areas:



MetroHartford Alliance is all about economic development, so to celebrate Juneteenth we are encouraging people to visit Black-owned restaurants, not just this week, but year-round. Greater Hartford has enough Jamaican, Soul Food, coffee + spirits to keep you full twelve months long.

We have chosen to close our offices Friday, June 18th to celebrate Juneteenth because it honors the day when Black Slaves were legally freed in the United States. June 19th is a day for honoring the freedom of all people living in the United States. To learn more: