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Juneteenth Celebration in Cleveland

Juneteenth Celebration
African American Garden in Cleveland
June 17, 2012

Juneteenth was celebrated in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on Sunday June 17, 2012.

Juneteenth in Cleveland African American Cultural Garden

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863 but in parts of the South, slavery continued. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

On June 19, 1865, legend has it while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3” part of which says:

"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor."

Carl S. Ewing is the current president of the African American Garden and he welcomed the group to the celebration.

Carl S. Ewing

Carl S. Ewing



He then introduced Kwanza Brewer who explained and led the Libation ceremony to honor and remember ancestors.

Kwanza Brewer leads Libations

Kwanza Brewer led the Libations


Kwanza Brewer leads Libations





Kwanza Brewer leads Libations


Kwanza Brewer leads Libations



Next, Raphael Ivy, Anthony Hubbard and Sean McKissick from the Golden Ciphers performed a drum call.

Raphael Ivy, Anthony Hubbard and Sean McKissick from the Golden Ciphers performed a drum call

Raphael Ivy, Anthony Hubbard and Sean McKissick
from the Golden Ciphers



Raphael Ivy, Anthony Hubbard and Sean McKissick from the Golden Ciphers





Raphael Ivy, Anthony Hubbard and Sean McKissick from the Golden Ciphers

Crowd at Juneteenth celebration in Cleveland



Phanawn Bailey told about the Middle Passage and Triangular Trade.

Phanawn Bailey

Phanawn Bailey




Kamryn Bailey then told about the meaning of Juneteenth.

Kamryn Bailey

Kamryn Bailey




The gathering sang the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Mrs. Charlie Mae Guest, Zurimani & her little sister

Mrs. Charlie Mae Guest, Zurimani & her little sister


Carl S. Ewing singing

Carl S. Ewing





BeLynda Washington, Kwanza Brewer, Ernestine Williams and others singing

BeLynda Washington, Kwanza Brewer, Ernestine Williams and others


Carl Ewing and Ernestine Williams, Garden Fundraising Co-Chair, told of the plans for the African-American Garden and daytime and nighttime drawings were displayed.

Ernestine Williams and Carl Ewing

Ernestine Williams and Carl Ewing


Mrs. Jonnie Wallace

Mrs. Jonnie Wallace with nighttime plans


Carl Ewing with daytime plans

Carl Ewing with daytime plans


Ernestine Williams

Ernestine Williams



The Garden looked terrific and there was great excitement for the future. Ashe!

Flowers in African-American Garden in Cleveland


Flowers in African-American Garden


Group in African-American Garden on Juneteenth

Mr Johnnie & Barbara Jackson, Mrs. Jonnie Wallace, Mrs.Ernestine Williams, Mrs. Erma Pride, Mrs.Charie Mae Guest, Carl S. Ewing, Phanawn Bailey, Angela Bailey and Kamryn Bailey


Larger group at African-American sign



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