We celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate that on June 19, 1865 - more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed - the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. The Bexley Juneteenth Planning Committee invites you to join us for a day of recognition, reflection and celebration of the freedom, struggle and resilience that this day marks.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Bexley Public Library
Food Trucks: Slap n’ Macs Soul Food and Seafood
6:15 & 6:50 pm: Afrocentric’s Nubian Drumline
7:15 pm: Thiosanne Institute’s Dancers and Drummers
Yvonne’s Cookies, Sassy Glassy Gems, Sticky Fingers Nail Wraps, Just Naturally Yours Bakery, Inspire Education, Jewel Lillie Oil Paintings, Said Lawal – artist, Julez Sugar Scrubz, Pearl II, Ubuntu Creative Designs
Activities and Vendors
Double Dutch Jump Rope
Hands on Art Activities
Library Storybook Reads
Vendor Tents: Bexley Minority Parent Alliance , Bexley Anti-Racism Project, Bexley DEI, and Bexley Public Library
Art Gallery Space: Browse a walkway of art pieces created by Bexley City School students inspired by Black art and artists and highlighting themes of freedom and justice.
The Juneteenth Flag
You might see another red, white and blue flag flying over state capitals and city buildings this June 19th. That banner with a bursting star in the middle is the Juneteenth Flag, a symbolic representation of the end of slavery in the United States
The flag is the brainchild of activist Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. Haith created the flag in 1997 with the help of collaborator, and Boston-based illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf. The flag was revised in 2000 into the version we know today, according to the National Juneteenth Observation Foundation. Seven years later, the date "June 19, 1865" was added, commemorating the day that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved African Americans of their emancipation.
For two decades now, communities around the country have held flag-raising ceremonies on Juneteenth in celebration of their freedom. Designing the flag and its symbols was a deliberate process.
Here's what each element of the flag represents:
The Star: The white star in the center of the flag has a dual meaning. For one, it represents Texas, the Lone Star State. It was in Galveston in 1865 where Union soldiers informed the country’s last remaining enslaved people that, under the Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier, they were free. But the star also goes beyond Texas, representing the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states.
The Burst: The bursting outline around the star is inspired by a nova, a term that astronomers use to mean a new star. On the Juneteenth flag, this represents a new beginning for the African Americans of Galveston and throughout the land.
The Arc: The curve that extends across the width of the flag represents a new horizon: the opportunities and promise that lay ahead for black Americans.
The Colors and Date: The red, white and blue represents the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans. June 19, 1865, represents the day that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, became Americans under the law. And while African Americans today are still fighting for equality and justice, the colors symbolize the continuous commitment of people in the United States to do better, and to live up to the American ideal of liberty and justice for all.