MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee is home to one of the oldest and oldest June 19 celebrations in the country. On Friday, city officials gathered to celebrate.
The June 19 flag was raised above City Hall. There was a ceremony with a cultural drumming performance and a poetry reading.
“We are going to celebrate in a street festival that will bring people together from all over the city of Milwaukee to celebrate the freedoms of not just the African-American experience but American history,” Mayor Cavalier Johnson said of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lead the celebration.
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Sunday will be the city’s 51st June celebration; the Northcott Neighborhood House hosted the town’s first events.
Also on Friday, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order to raise the June 19 flag above the Wisconsin Capitol for a third consecutive year.
June 19 marks the end of slavery in Texas in 1865 and officially became a U.S. federal holiday in 2021. As June 19 falls on a Sunday this year, the federal holiday will be recognized on Monday, June 20.