DECATUR — Millikin University will host a virtual Juneteenth Celebration at 2 p.m. Friday in honor of the nationwide commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.
The event can be viewed on the university's Facebook page. It also will be recorded so it can be viewed later.
Juneteenth recognizes that June 19, 1865, was the day that Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, accompanied by his Union troops, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to declare that the Civil War was over, and slavery was illegal in the United States. The announcement immediately set approximately 250,000 Texas slaves free, marking the official end of slavery in the U.S.
PHOTOS: Evelyn Hood and the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum
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The Rev. Aubrey Hudson and Evelyn Hood discuss the children's reading material available at the downtown Decatur museum.
Evelyn Hood surveys the society's files on local events pertaining to the African-American community.
Evelyn Hood holds a picture of a young Judge James Parsons, a Decatur resident who became the first African-American federal court judge. The photo is part of the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois collection.
Evelyn Hood, founder of the African American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Inc. Museum, is optimistic that she will find a new location for the museum. The contents of the museum are currently in storage in Mount Zion.
Director Evelyn Hood shows exhibits in the African American Cultural and Genealogical Society Museum.
Evelyn Hood, founder of the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois, Inc. Museum, shares knowledge about historical slave trade routes while student Mariah Curry observes at Eisenhower High School Tuesday. Students in Samuel Mills’ social studies class are performing genealogy research to create an exhibit for the society.
Evelyn Hood, founder of the African American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Inc. Museum shows African instruments that are among the exhibit pieces in storage while she seeks out a new museum location.
Evelyn Hood, director of the African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society, talks with Marcellus Jarrett about what next to work on in the, under construction, James Millikin Underground Railroad museum in the basement of their building on Eldorado Street Friday.
Evelyn Hood, president of the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society, shows the Rev. Mathew Allen a book about an African slave ship in 1998.
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