Commemorating Juneteenth In and Around Coatesville

On June 3, 2024
In Blog

While the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in 1863 and news quickly spread throughout the South, The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture notes that, “In the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as Juneteenth.”

Today, Juneteenth is designated as a federal holiday that officially marks our country’s second independence. As noted by the museum, “The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times.” At The Alliance for Health Equity, we believe in a shared humanity and are committed to ensuring that racial and social justice is centered in our work. As a health foundation, we cannot expect optimal and equitable community health without tackling the long history of racism and its associated injustices that continue to plague people of color.

Commemorating Juneteenth In and Around Coatesville

There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth this year throughout the nearby City of Philadelphia, including a parade and festival, but local residents can also commemorate this important holiday right here in the Greater Coatesville area! The Coatesville Area Branch of the NAACP is “kicking off Juneteenth 2024 with several great events,” including the 20 Men Project Panel Discussion and Exhibit on June 4, Coastesville’s Got Talent on June 7, and a Bowling Scholarship Head to Head between the NAACP and MCDC on June 22.

While the Coatesville Area Public Library will be closed on Juneteenth, there will be a virtual Author Talk with #1 NYT Bestselling Author Tiffany Jewell on June 20 at 2PM. “Jewell will discuss the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School.” Registration for this free event is required at this link.

The Chester County History Center will also be hosting a virtual program at noon on June 27, tracing the history of slavery in the county through historical records in the archives. “Located along the Mason-Dixon line, Chester County was simultaneously a place of freedom for those escaping southern slavery, and a site of enslavement for others.” The presentation will take place on Zoom and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. Tickets can be reserved here and are “pay as you wish.”

This is just a sample of the many ways we can celebrate Juneteenth in and around Coatesville. If you want to help The Alliance in our mission to make a meaningful impact in the Coatesville community and beyond, we invite you to make a donation or join our active and engaged volunteer team.

The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.