Dear GCF Community,
While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863 freeing all slaves during the American Civil War, it was not until June 19th, 1865 that word reached 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas and the effective end of slavery began. Celebrations began among newly freed Black people in Texas and on the following year, June 19th was marked as an annual “Jubilee Day” before the tradition was spread outside of Texas over the years and eventually recognized as an official national holiday.
The significance of June 19th continues to this day as true freedom is still being fought for every single day. There is still much to do and we will continue to celebrate Black passion and power, uplift Black voices, and ensure that Black lives will always matter.
Join GCF’s commemoration of Juneteenth and celebration of Black liberation with our first farmstand of the season on Saturday, June 18th! From 10 AM to 2 PM at each of our Eco-Hubs, NYCHA residents are welcome to pick up some freshly harvested produce and we’ll also have stations set up for activities around movement, mental health & wellness, giveaways and snacks!
GCF recognizes Juneteenth as a day of service. If you’d like to volunteer with us next Saturday, sign up here and come celebrate with us!
In service and solidarity,