Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The National Park Service (Civil War Defenses of Washington and George Washington Memorial Parkway) commemorates Juneteenth Day at Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate celebrations after the end of the Civil War, mainly those resulting from Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger’s Order No 3, as proclaimed on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX. This martial order was given to enforce the conditions of President Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation; as some 250,000 were still held under enslaved conditions in Texas. Juneteenth “Independence Day” is celebrated in 43 states and Washington, DC.
The event will include a guided hike, detailing the recruitment and training of the 1st Regiment United States Colored Troops (USCT) on the island during the Civil War. The hike will begin at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at 11:00am. A NPS tent staffed by parks rangers will be provide visitors with more information on Juneteenth Day, the 1st USCT, and Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt island