Juneteenth 15

Nov 16, 2015 | 8 min

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Urban Parade & Neighbors Day

June 20, 2015 – Juneteenth was celebrated in Des Moines, Iowa during the annual Urban Parade and Neighbors Day celebration, events organized by the Iowa Juneteenth Observance committee. This year marked the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the freeing of African American slaves after the Civil War. It was also the 25th anniversary of the celebration of Juneteenth in Iowa, one of the first states to acknowledge Juneteenth as an official day of recognition.

Governor Branstad receives Founders Award

June 23, 2015 – Governor Terry E. Branstad hosted the Governor’s Proclamation Ceremony at the Iowa capitol to acknowledge Juneteenth as an official day of recognition for the state. The meeting was attended by members of the Iowa Juneteenth Observance committee and representatives of this year’s Juneteenth event sponsors. During the ceremony, the committee presented Governor Branstad the Founders Award, acknowledging his longtime support of Juneteenth observance in Iowa.

Community Builders Banquet

June 11, 2015 - To kick off Iowa's 2015 Juneteenth celebration, leaders from across the state attended the Community Builders Banquet in Des Moines to recognize Iowans committed to the promotion of civil rights for all. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the celebration of Juneteenth in Iowa, which commemorates the freeing of African American slaves after the Civil War.