First Baptist Church will be participating in a community-wide faithevent on Saturday, June 12 kicking off the Juneteenth celebration in southern Chester County. Pastor Dan has been working with leaders from many area churches to help the faith community participate in a month-long celebration of Juneteenth.
This service will be part-celebration, and part-prophetic.
- Pastor Thomas (Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church – Oxford) will bring a message of Hope
- Pastor Avery (Greater Works Ministry) will bring a message of Promise
The Kennett CommUnity Choir and Lincoln University Choir, as well as worship team from First Baptist will provide music. It is going to be a fantastic service (live-stream).
This kickoff celebration is part of a much larger Juneteenth celebration.
There will be events taking place throughout the month of June that draw attention to how our community has worked to help promote racial equality, and to focus our attention on what remains to be done.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19, 1865 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.