The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Through the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, word did not make it to Texas until June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing. The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states come on board and form local committees and organizations to coordinate the activities. Communication and networking are vital.

Juneteenth Commemorates the true end of slavery in the United States and the Crispus Attucks Community Center & Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County is proud to present a line-up of events in celebration of this important milestone in our country’s history.

Schedule of Events

This year, the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County & Crispus Attucks Community Center will be celebrating Juneteenth the week of June 9th, 2019.

All event proceeds benefit Crispus Attucks Community Center.

If you can’t make it to any of the events but would still like to contribute to the Crispus Attucks Community Center, click here to donate.

Men Who Cook 

Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 

Every year, the community gets together to enjoy a cook-off presented by the men in Lancaster County. Loosen your pants and come with an empty stomach, there will be deliciousness with a side of history as we kick off Juneteenth week with the annual Men Who Cook event at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

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If you are interested in participating as a chef, please contact:
Brian Nguyen: or call 717-299-7388 ext 3107

Speaker Series
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Crispus Attucks Community Center

The Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County & Crispus Attucks Community Center is excited to welcome Dr. Leroy Hopkins to talk on the modern day significance of Juneteenth.

Born in Lancaster, PA, Leroy Hopkins attended city schools before obtaining his BA in German and Russian from then Millersville State College in 1966.
In 1974 he received his doctorate in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Harvard University. He taught at Northeastern University (Boston) 1971-72 before departing for Germany where he lived from 1972-76.
From 1976-79 he served first as Associate Director for Program and Planning and then as Interim Executive Director of the Lancaster Urban League.
In 1979 he began his service at Millersville and retired in 2015 as Professor of German.
He continues to serve on the Board of LancasterHistory and is currently president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.
During his tenure at Millersville, he served on the Black History Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as well as on the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
His research interests are local African American History as well as the interactions of Germans and Africans.

9th Annual Golf Classic with Honorary Chair Ron Martin
Friday, June 14, 2019, at Four Seasons Golf Resort 


Join Crispus Attucks Community Center at the 9th Annual Golf Classic with Honorary Chair, WGAL’s Ron Martin for golf, dinner, raffles, and prizes!

Ron Martin has been a vital member of the WGAL News 8 team since 1983. He rose through the ranks to become its main weeknight news anchor in 2000, now anchoring WGAL News 8 at 5, the Emmy award-winning WGAL News 8 at 6, WGAL News 8 at 10 on MeTV Susquehanna Valley, WGAL 8.2, and WGAL News 8 at 11.

Ron is a York native who began his career in broadcast journalism as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, DC. After graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, he returned home to the Susquehanna Valley to work as a reporter and news announcer at WSBA radio in York. Ron then moved into television at WHP-TV as a reporter before joining WGAL 8-TV and the NewsCenter 8 team in 1983. Ron initially worked out of WGAL 8’s Harrisburg newsroom, covering daily news in the state capitol region. The following year, he returned to his hometown, where he was assigned to oversee coverage out of the newly opened York newsroom. In 1985, Ron was named weekend news anchor, and then, 2 years later, Ron was named a weeknight news anchor on WGAL.

Ron is a five-time Emmy award winner—among the many awards he’s received during his long career in broadcast journalism. He has also been honored for his many community service contributions in the south-central Pennsylvania region. Ron has been recognized by the state of Pennsylvania and the cities of York and Harrisburg, the NAACP and the Black Ministeriums in York and Harrisburg, the Crispus Attucks Associations of York and Lancaster, the school districts of York and Harrisburg, the Lancaster Urban League, the Pilot Club of York, the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Emanuel Church of God in Christ in York, the Brightside Baptist Church in Lancaster, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the Deborah Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, are some of the organizations that have honored Ron for his community contributions.

In 2002, Ron was inducted into the William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame.

Ron and his wife Millie live in York and are the parents of 3 children. An avid golfer and tennis player, Ron is a past president of the York County Black Golfers Association, an organization dedicated to youth mentoring and scholarship programs. He also has memberships in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., Social Friendship Lodge #42 Free and Accepted Masons Prince Hall affiliate, York Pa., and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Registration beings at 12:00 p.m. and Shot Gun starts at 1:00 p.m.

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Please click here to download the Sponsorship Form (.pdf).

Please make checks payable to Community Action Partnership and in the memo section, note CACC Juneteenth Celebration. Please return this form to Community Action Partnership, Attn: Juneteenth, 601 South Queen Street, Lancaster PA 17603, or email to