How Do You Celebrate Juneteenth? We Want to Know

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How Do You Celebrate Juneteenth? We Want to Know

Share your traditions, photos, and recipes with us

May 19, 2023
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Juneteenth is less than a month away. The federal holiday commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tex., to inform enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had ended and they were free. We’d like the Boston University community—students, faculty, staff—to tell us how you celebrate the holiday. Are there special customs or traditions you observe? Do you celebrate it with the same people and in the same place each year? Are there special dishes you prepare? 

Fill out the attached form. Tell us in 250 words or less how you celebrate Juneteenth. Feel free to include recipes and photos of a past celebration (and identify yourself in the photo). If you’re a student, be sure to include your school and graduation year. If you’re a faculty or staff member, please include your title. Our deadline is Thursday, June 8. 

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How Do You Celebrate Juneteenth? We Want to Know

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