CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Gov. Tomblin today recognized West Virginians, who this week, participated in Juneteenth as part of the state's 150th birthday celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.
"I'm grateful our forefathers stood up for what was right 150 years ago, dedicated our great State to the Union, and embraced the principle of freedom for all," Gov. Tomblin said.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation was official Jan. 1, 1863, it was not until two-and-a-half years later, June 19, 1865, that news arrived in Texas announcing the end of the war and that of slavery.
A four-day-long celebration of Juneteenth, including a reflection of African Americans in West Virginia history and a discussion regarding challenges facing African Americans today, began earlier this week in West Virginia. Sponsored by the Tuesday Morning Group, the celebration concludes with the Juneteenth Revival Celebration at First Baptist Church of Charleston at 7 p.m. tonight. For more information about this and other sesquicentennial events occurring across the state visit www.wv150.com
Amy Shuler Goodwin