Scenes from the Juneteenth Celebration in Perth Amboy and St. Peter’s

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

The Rev. Dr. Sally J. French, Bishop-Elect, prays at a cemetery marker dedicated to enslaved persons whose names were unknown, in the churchyard of St. Peter’s Perth Amboy. Part of the Perth Amboy Juneteenth commemoration co-sponsored by St. Peter’s, the NAACP, NJISJ, and the City of Perth Amboy.

Launch of the NJ Reparations Council

Ryan P. Haygood, Esq., President & CEO of NJ Institute for Social Justice, announces the launch of the NJ Reparations Council at a Juneteenth event held at the historic Ferry Slip in Perth Amboy, site where many enslaved Africans made landfall for the first time in America.


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.

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