Sunday, June 19, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth in St. Augustine with music, history and more. (SAR)

Thanks to St. Augustine City Commission for working to make up for our City's Establishment and its long history of racism, including former Mayors and legislators who were Dixiecrat Jim Crow segregationists, including. the father and grandfather of our current Mayor, TRACY WILSON UPCHURCH.  

UPCHURCH was illegally duked in as St. Augustine Mayor on March 4, 2019, after Mayor Nancy Shaver's stroke and February 28, 2019 resignation. 

Scared, creepy corpulent City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. & Co., including the Assistant City Attorney, falsely claimed that Commissioners, including Nancy Sikes-Kline, could not be chosen as City Manager by Commissioners because it was "an election" and not "an appointment," while violating citizen rights to know who had applied, or rights to speak out on the actual candidates, or see their actual applications, all in violation of F.S. 119, 286 and Article 1, Section 24 of our Florida Constitution. We call this the "triple crown of lawbreaking."

Mendacious City Mayor TRACY UPCHURCH's racist Democratic grandfather quit the Democratic Part and walked out in 1948 as a result of the DNC's civil rights platform.

That platform was drafted by Minneapois Mayor Hubert Horatio Humphrey and supported by President Harry S Truman and the DNC.  

Mayor TRACY UPCHURCH's grandfather father not only walked out of the 1948 Democratic National Convention, he supported the putative presidential candidacy of Dixierat Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who became a Republican as a result of his rebarbative racism.

Nice progress on Juneteenth in St. Augustine.

Celebrate Juneteenth in St. Augustine with music, history and more

City government: 'St. Augustine has a recorded history of emancipation parades and celebrations dating back to 1863'

Chelsey CoxSheldon Gardner
St. Augustine Record

St. Augustine will celebrate Juneteenth this weekend with musical performances, a speech by a civil rights activist and the opportunity to view a piece of civil rights history. 

Juneteenth, which became officially recognized last year by President Joe Biden, is Sunday, June 19.

The holiday commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation in the U.S.

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President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation to free enslaved African Americans in secessionist states on Jan. 1, 1863, but enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, would not learn of their freedom until two years later.

On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger informed the community of Galveston of Lincoln's proclamation. Though it was issued years prior, enslavers were held responsible for telling the enslaved they were free, and some ignored the directive. Maj. Gen. Gordon demanded Galveston locals comply with the proclamation.

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center leaders Gayle Phillips and her husband, Floyd, accept the Juneteenth proclamation with mayor and commissioners at their sides at the St. Augustine City Commission meeting on Monday.

The St. Augustine City Commission issued a proclamation on Monday honoring the holiday. Mayor Tracy Upchurch read the proclamation and presented it to Gayle and Floyd Phillips, who lead Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, an African-American history museum in St. Augustine. 

"St. Augustine has a recorded history of emancipation parades and celebrations dating back to 1863 and is proud to have the opportunity to honor the principles of the Declaration of Independence and celebrate the achievements and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make in this city and across our nation," Upchurch said as he read the proclamation. 

Texas was the last Confederate state where the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, and the first to recognize the date of June 19 – Juneteenth – statewide. The inaugural Juneteenth to commemorate the official day enslaved people in Galveston were freed began in 1866. The holiday, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, spread across the country as African Americans migrated away from the South. 

It is a lesser-known fact that the Emancipation Proclamation did not result in all enslaved African Americans being freed. Juneteenth is part of recognizing the conditions underwent by some unknowingly liberated by law. The proclamation, moreover, guaranteed freedom to enslaved people in secessionist states like Texas, but not Union states like Maryland, which did not secede during the Civil War. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, freed all enslaved people in the country.

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