Dear All Saints:
On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army issued General Order No. 3 announcing freedom for the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, the last place where news of the Emancipation Proclamation had not yet reached. This day of liberation has been celebrated, mostly by the descendants of the enslaved, ever since. Only in recent years has this observance been more widely recognized, and the urgency of efforts toward racial equity and justice over the past few years have highlighted the importance of Juneteenth as we continue to acknowledge the unkept promises of freedom for Blacks and African Americans.
On Saturday, there is a Juneteenth march and rally in Newark beginning at noon in support of the formation of a statewide task force to study reparations. Diocese of New Jersey Bishop Chip Stokes is a scheduled speaker. More information is found on our diocesan website.
On Sunday, we will renew our commitment to the work of liberation in word and prayer and song at our 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on the lawn at Holy Innocents. Please plan to join us. In case of inclement weather, you are welcome to gather in the church as you are comfortable doing so, maintaining a loving 6 feet of distance from your neighbors and wearing a mask at all times.
To learn more about Juneteenth, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History is a good place to begin.
Blessings to you and yours,