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Often the church grounds was the site for such activities.
Eventually, as African Americans became land owners, land was donated and dedicated for these festivities.
Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory.
The celebration of June 19 was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants.
This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation.