Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It is a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Many black families came to Albion 100 years ago to work at the Malleable foundry.
Albion celebrates Juneteenth on the Saturday before Father’s Day.
This year, 2019, due to the rainy weather, Juneteenth will be held at Washington Gardner School, June 15, 2019, starting at noon. Visit the official Facebook page for complete information about the 2019 Juneteenth event:
Look below for the history of Juneteenth and past photos of some attendees.
The tradition is to start at Albion City Hall on Cass Street with a proclamation and words from the mayor at 11 a.m. Then there is a processional walk to Holland Park where there will be a day of fun and festivities.
There will be games for children and and adults, face painting, a story tent, Old school music, Line dancing, basketball and our Public Safety Department will be there with the fire truck and fire house to show our young people how to be safe when there’s a fire.
There will be a food court with a bar-b-que, friends, music and art.
The day will conclude with a Rememberance Circle and a Gospel Fest starting at 5.
This is a part of America’s History just as Memorial Day and the 4th of July are. Let’s find ways to celebrate our achievements together.
Everyone is invited to come, have fun and fellowship!
Learn more about some even earlier Albion black history from this post on AlbionMich.COM by Albion Historian Frank Passic: 19th CENTURY BLACK HISTORY IN ALBION
A quote from that article: “ In looking through the Census records of the period, we find that the majority of Albion’s early black men listed their occupations as either barbers, such as a Richard Randolph, who lived in Albion Township. Some were listed as housekeepers. One is listed as a “calciminer.” No, he didn’t mine calcimine, but that was the term for a “white-washer” of walls in the days of dirty fuel sources for heating homes. This particular person was listed later as a paper hanger (wallpaper).”