The State of Colorado Celebrates JUNETEENTH
General Order No. 3
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
- General Order No. 3 as read by Union Army troops serving under Major General Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865
Special Events from the Colorado Equity Alliance
What: Black LGBTQ+ activists were instrumental in advancing both the Black and LGBTQ+ civil rights movements, but their contributions are often made invisible. In this panel, which honors Juneteenth and Pride Month, Colorado Black LGBTQ+ leaders will discuss Black LGBTQ+ historical figures, common misconceptions about their intersectional communities, their experiences, and what LGBTQ+ people of color and white/straight allies can do to educate themselves and work toward a more inclusive future in which all parts of a person's identity are honored.
*all external speakers will be given an honorarium to thank them for their time
Brought to you by: The Colorado State Equity Alliance with gratitude to Amanda Robinson (CDHS), Ersaleen Hope (CDOT), Sarah Hernandez (OIT) and CDLE ‘s EDI Committee
Celebrate Around the State
- Black Pride Festival & Events (Denver)
- Juneteenth Music Festival (Denver)
- CS Juneteenth Festival (Colorado Springs & Pueblo)
- Leo Center & CPRD Dance Performance (Ft. Collins)
- ECAACE & NAACP Boulder Juneteenth Celebration (Boulder)
- History Colorado Five Points Plus Neighborhood Memory Project (Denver)
Resource Links for Juneteenth
- History Channel: What is Juneteenth?
- PBS: What is Juneteenth?
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth
- Juneteenth.com: History of Juneteenth
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: The United States Colored Troops During the Civil War
- Congressional Research Service: Juneteenth Fact Sheet
- History Channel: 5 Myths About Slavery