Join us in an outdoor reflection in commemoration of Juneteenth and share your thoughts with Outdoor Afro. The question we ask ourselves is “What does freedom mean to me in America?”. Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reﬂect in honor of the 2.5 years freedom was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people of Galveston, TX. Let’s go outdoors! Learn how to share your reflections below.
Thousands of people connected with nature on Juneteenth and became part of the Outdoor Afro community.
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"So many of us have found in this experience of ‘sheltering in place’ is that nature never closes, that it is always at the ready, and that it is ready to heal and to teach.”
- Rue Mapp
Why We Commemorate
Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.
Many accounts of history appear to leave out the “how and why.”
How was it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to draft and sign an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in September 1862 and despite the three months until it took effect, no one told the enslaved?
- Why didn’t the slave holders tell the enslaved?
- Why didn’t the sheriff tell the enslaved?
- Why didn’t the mayor tell the enslaved?
- Why didn’t the governor tell the enslaved?
We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you.
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To Submit Your Reﬂection on or after June 19th
- 1If you registered, please add your reﬂection here:
- 2If you did not register, please add your reﬂection here:
- 3You can also use social to submit your reﬂection by tagging Outdoor Afro and using #JuneteenthWithOutdoorAfro.
Thank you to all the organizations who have committed to being part of the inaugural Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro. It is with their support that we are going to engage thousands of people in reflecting on what it means to be free in America.
LEAVE NO TRACE
The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors - take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Questions? We’ve got answers.
What is Juneteenth?
June 19th, 1865 is the date when 250,000 enslaved people were freed from bondage 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect - an injustice. Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.
Is Juneteenth the end of slavery in the United States?
No. Slavery in the United States legally ended December 18th, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the required 27 of the then 36 states on December 6, 1865, and proclaimed on December 18.
How to participate?
Register by going to http://bit.ly/JuneteenthReg. On Saturday, June 19th, we ask that you reflect outside for 2.5 hours on what it means to be free in America. Come back here and submit your reflection.
Do I need to register?
We'd love for you to register so that we can share updates on our commemoration. We promise not to spam you/share your email!
How do I submit a reﬂection?
When you register, you will receive a reminder to come back here and submit a reflection. We can't wait to hear what you think and may even publish it!