February 1, 2022 marks the 74th anniversary of National Freedom Day, an annual national observance created by Congress and President Truman in 1948. 2022 marks the first year a public celebration of the non-paid holiday was held in Denton County. The live event was coordinated by Juneteenth University, Inc, a non-profit organization based in the City of Denton. Approximately seventeen organizations, schools, churches and businesses were originally scheduled to participate in this event. However, due to concerns about the latest COVID outbreak, the live event was cancelled. A brief virtual observance was posted on social media. Juneteenth University thanks all organizations that participated or planned to participate in this significant event.
The animated character appearing in the video is Juneteenth University’s mascot, JW. He is a soldier in the 25th corps of the United States Colored Troops. 4,000+ members of the 25th arrived in Galveston on June 19th, 1865, aka, Juneteenth. Expect to see JW at events around the City of Denton, Denton County, and State of Texas during the coming months.
Plans have already started for the 2023 live and virtual celebration. To include your organization, church, school or business, please contact Juneteenth University and state your interest. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax deductible donations in support of next year’s event are welcome. Send email for details.