NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven celebrated a huge Juneteenth event on Saturday with a focus on culture, as well as personal and social wellness.
Saturday marked the event’s sixth annual celebration. There were displays, entertainment, and even health screening that included COVID-19 vaccines.
One special visitor was Rita Daniels: the great, great, great niece of Harriet Tubman.
“You have to step up and fight for your freedom,” Daniels said at the event. “Because freedom is not free.”
Daniels started a learning center in Tubman’s honor and will soon be opening one in Stratford as she tries to keep her ancestor’s history alive.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday, and just became an official state holiday in Connecticut, set to be recognized for the first time in 2023. It commemorates the date in June of 1865 when slaves in Texas were proclaimed to be free.