Datebook: June 19 - Juneteenth

Jun 19, 2012

Juneteenth, aka Emancipation Day, honors African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Today, it is recognized as a state holiday or observance in 42 states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. 

Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it had limited immediate effect on most slaves' day-to-day lives. On this day in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger took 2,000 troops to Galveston, Texas to enforce emancipation (then part of the Confederacy). On the balcony of a prominent villa, he read General Order No. 3, which declared all slaves free. Celebrate, baby!

It’s Tuesday, June 19

The first annual Calvert City Community Photography Contest seeks entries featuring people, places, or things.  Submit color or black-and-white 8x10 prints Thursday through Saturday at CFSB, Lake Chem Credit Union, or Heritage Bank in Calvert City.  For more information, visit the Calvert Area Development Association facebook page or call (270) 704-1476.

Maiden Alley Cinema holds a Movie Trivia Night on Thursday.  Registration starts at 6, and trivia starts at 7.  Teams of 1 to 3 people can compete for the chance to win a free movie night for 100 friends. for more.

Christian County Cares 2015 is holding a talent competition at the Alhambra Theater on August 30th.  All family-friendly acts are invited to apply, although space is limited.  The deadline to register is August 1st.  For details, call (270) 885-9096.

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