Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, holds tremendous significance in American history. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. Today, Juneteenth serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring struggle for equality and justice. In the spirit of honoring this momentous occasion, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the City of Perth Amboy hosted an extraordinary celebration on Monday, June 19. Below you can see and hear some of the festivities as we pay tribute to the past, celebrate the present, and embrace a future filled with unity and progress.
Grave of the Unknowns
Launch of the NJ Reparations Council
Sen. Corey Booker's Juneteenth Speech
Senator Corey Booker, (D-NJ), speaks at a Juneteenth gathering in the historic Ferry Slip in Perth Amboy, site where many enslaved Africans first entered America.
Juneteenth: "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
The choir of St. Peter’s Perth Amboy sings “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” at a Juneteenth 2023 observance.