Juneteenth Parade

Residents of Marion County turned out around 5 p.m. Friday, June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth with a parade of vehicles on Adams Street in downtown Fairmont. Officers with the Fairmont Police Department led the convoy through the streets while drivers honked their horns and their vehicles were adorned with posters about historic civil rights leaders. This year marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. According to the Library of Congress, “On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.” When Granger arrived in Galveston, troops had finally gotten enough to enforce Lincoln’s executive order. “Newly freed men rejoiced, originating the annual “Juneteenth” celebration, which commemorates the freeing of the slaves in Texas. Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated each year since 1865, it wasn’t until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Juneteenth an official state holiday.”

Juneteenth Parade