Edited from a Press Release

Huntington, WV (HNN)   Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. is sponsoring the 21st Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. 

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  

Planning is underway at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. (EMO) for the 21st Juneteenth Celebration. The next planning meeting will be Monday, April 25, 5 pm room 303 Douglass Centre. 1448 Tenth Avenue.

How can you join in this event?  Tell your friends and family about it; make a donation to support the event; become a vendor; volunteer to perform during the celebration; or just volunteer to help. For more information call 304.529.0753 ext 117.

Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. is a non profit, medical clinic dedicated to serving residents of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Mingo counties in WV, Lawrence County, Ohio and Boyd County, KY.  We are guided by a belief recognizing health care as a basic right to which we are all entitled.  To find out more about EMO contact us at 304-529-0753.  All proceeds of this event go to further EMO programming