Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, making them among the last to be freed.
Concerns surrounding coronavirus caused the cancellation of the large Juneteenth event traditionally held in Tucson. This Is Tucson has posted a listing of smaller events the community can participate in starting today.
Additionally, Mayor Regina Romero this morning unveiled a “Black Lives Matter” message from the 10th floor outside City Hall stating, “Tucson stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters across the country in fighting the systemic racism that pervades our society at all levels.”