History Professor Alphine W. Jefferson
Randolph-Macon College's third-annual Juneteenth celebration will be held on Sunday,
June 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, the Center for the Performing
Arts. The program, “Blacks and the Sesquicentennial: Celebration or Commemoration,”
is presented by the R-MC Black Studies
program and The Hanover County Black Heritage Society, Inc. This event is free
and open to the public.
Juneteenth is held in honor of the day that the last enslaved North Americans were
freed in the United States by the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth began in
Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 when Blacks in Galveston learned that they were
free by order of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had become effective January
1, 1863. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas
with Union soldiers bringing news that the Civil War had ended. Beginning in Texas
as a state holiday, Juneteenth is now recognized officially in more than 40 states.
The program will offer historical entertainment, information and inspiration for
people of all ages and backgrounds. The audience will hear musical selections from
the gospel-singing group True Anointing and see a performance by the Saint Luke
Baptist Church’s Praise Dance Troupe.
There will also be presentations from speakers, including Roice Luke, who will discuss
the 1895 Armory built for Richmond’s Black Militia. R-MC Professor Jack Trammell
will read his poem “Wall Street," and his most recent book,
The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of the Old Dominion,
will be available for purchase. Trammell will be available to sign copies of the
book, which is also available in the R-MC Bookstore.
In addition, 2012 R-MC graduate Kenneth White will share his Schapiro Undergraduate
Research Fellowship (SURF) findings on slave cemeteries.
Alphine W. Jefferson, Professor of History and
Director of the Black Studies Program at R-MC as well as president of the Hanover
County Black Heritage Society, Inc., will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
For more information, contact Alphine Jefferson at (804)752-3218 or