The Republican Party of Milwaukee County will host a booth for the 5th year at the Milwaukee Juneteenth Festival on Monday, June 19th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. We will be sharing our positive message of individual freedom and hope along with candy, DVDs and a drawing for a Power Washer. Come join us.
We are 2 blocks north of Center on MLK Drive. By the old Ponderosa on the east side of the road.
History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.
As Republicans we proudly celebrate the freedom Juneteenth represents.
Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.
This outreach by the Milwaukee North Branch is an extension of Gov. Walker’s stated desire to reach across the political isle. We will show Milwaukee residents that we do care and want them on our side in the fight to improve both Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
An opportunity to join the Republican Party, campaign literature along with free candy will be available at our booth. But more importantly we will listen to concerns of Milwaukee’s north side residents.
Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The Milwaukee event includes a parade at 9:00 am along with festival booths on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Center Street to Burleigh Ave. Our booth will be open from 9am – 5pm.
Even though (Republican) President Lincoln freed the slaves in the Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, the good news didn’t reach the folks in Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived there, announcing the end of the Civil War.
Since then, June 19 has been known as “Juneteenth Day” and is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Civil Rights era saw a resurgence of observation of the day, and it’s been a staple of Milwaukee festivals since the 1970s, when an employee of the Northcott Neighborhood House was inspired by the celebrations held in southern states.
Thirty years later, everyone agrees that the best Juneteenth party can be found right here in Milwaukee. This years’ celebration will feature kids’ games, exhibits, soul food, music, a parade and more.