Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is a holiday or observance in many US states to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
The new historical marker, honorably placed and dedicated at the Daviess County Courthouse lawn, recognizes blacks (slaves) who enlisted with the Union Army and served in the Civil War. This marks a new chapter in Daviess County history.
After the dedication service
we will go to the Owensboro Museum of Science and History (122 East 2nd Street) for the official opening of an African American exhibit
“A Shared Journey: African Americans in Daviess County”
featuring photos, artifacts, and information about Daviess County’s black citizens.
There will be a free reception and a short talk on tracing African American roots.