Members of the local black community are celebrating a significant holiday for African-Americans, Juneteenth.
The Juneteenth flag was raising outside of Binghamton City Hall.
The holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when word finally reached Texas that President Lincoln had freed the slaves.
Juneteenth has become our country’s largest celebration of the end of slavery.
President of the Broome-Tioga Chapter of the NAACP Micah Barreiro says that while progress has been made toward racial equality, much more work still needs to be done.
Barreiro says, “Through it all we have remained a proud people, working hard to provide the best version of the American Dream that we can to our families. Juneteenth is a time of remembrance of those who have paved the way, some with their very lives. It is also a time to celebrate what makes us unique, and the strength that we have in our differences.”
The Binghamton Juneteenth Committee has 2 events planned to celebrate the holiday.
Tomorrow evening there will be a Night of Inspiration at Tabernacle United Methodist Church at 83 Main Street in Binghamton featuring gospel music, worship and spoken word from 6 until 8.
Then, on Saturday, the annual Family and Community Day at Columbus Park from noon to 4 with a complimentary meal, tabling by community organizations and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.