Juneteenth: A Time for Family and Hiking

What better way to spend the Juneteenth Holiday than with family and friends on the trail?Destination Hike did that exact thing on Friday evening, June 19 at Watkins Regional Park. After a hike through the park back into the wetlands, we finished at the state of the art "Wonderful World of Watkins" playground.

For those who are unfamiliar with Juneteenth, Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of enslavement for blacks in the United States. The reason this day is celebrated is bitter sweet. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863 which declared that "all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." However, in many states the enforcement of that freedom was slow and met with resistance. Two and a half years later Army General Gordon Granger announced Federal orders that slaves in Texas were free on June 19, 1865.

Why is Juneteenth important to celebrate for African Americans? Because for 400+ years, generation after generation of Africans were enslaved in America. Stripped of

rights, family, religious practices, native tongue, freedom, and much more. Though one day does not take a away from the hundreds of years of rape, torture, genocide, and enslavement, it is important to look back, be grateful, and continue to progress forward.

We look forward to seeing you out on our next hike. Make sure to stay connected on Instagram @Destination.hike, Facebook: Destination Hike, and as always, on the website

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