emancipation proclamation

Leila Roach, a member of the congregation at Risen Savior Anglican Church, reads the Emancipation Proclamation at the church’s Juneteenth celebration in Huntington on June 19.

Risen Savior Anglican Church hosted their first Juneteenth celebration on Saturday as dozens came from Huntington and Fort Wayne to participate in the holiday.

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, is a holiday marking the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Also known by other names such as Jubilee Day, Liberation Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth marks the date of June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order 3 in Galveston, Texas.