Juneteenth, the national holiday just signed into law, commemorates the day Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and informed over 250,000 enslaved Black people that they were free. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, six months after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, and two months after the Civil War had ended, the last of the nation’s enslaved celebrated freedom. This order, delivered on June 19, 1865, by Union Army general Gordon Granger, was the result of the American nation’s centuries-long debate and a four-year civil war to end slavery.
Shakers may have congregated themselves from who they called the “World’s People,” but they did not ignore the world. Shakers, fervent egalitarians, were ardent supporters of the abolition of slavery. Heeding the Shakers’ lessons and legacy, in celebration of the nation’s second day of independence, and in acknowledgment of the continuing work towards true and complete equality, Enfield Shaker Museum will ring the bell of the Great Stone Dwelling on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at noon.
For more information on Juneteenth: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/06/18/a-proclamation-on-juneteenth-day-of-observance-2021/