Region commemorates Juneteenth

Joseph McGill Jr., second from right, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project and History and Culture coordinator at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C., and Tammy Denease, with Hidden Women Stage Company, right, chat with Josh Tom and Cathy Schuch of Niantic on Saturday, June 12, 2021, during the Juneteenth Celebration at the Hempsted Houses in New London. Denease later portrayed Joan Jackson, an enslaved woman in New London, and McGill is dressed as a private of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Day –  June 12. 2021 

New London — Speaking at the Juneteenth Festival at the Hempsted Houses, New London City Council President and keynote speaker Efraín Dominguez reflected on the history of slavery and said it’s important to acknowledge the past, learn from it and make sure it does not happen anymore.

Juneteenth marks the day when General Gordon Granger and Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, and took control of the state and guaranteed that 250,000 people enslaved were set free, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Dominguez said.

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