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June 5, 2002
Potluck Celebration of Juneteenth Hosted by Woods Hole Black History Month Committee

The Woods Hole Black History Month Committee is hosting a potluck celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, on Wednesday, June 19 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Bell Tower Field in Woods Hole. The committee will provide soft drinks, condiments, and music. Participants are asked to bring food for grilling, salads, desserts, and other dishes to share. The event is free and open to the public.

Juneteenth was created in recognition of June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.

For further information, visit the Woods Hole Black History Month Committee web site at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/outreach/WHBHMC/

The Woods Hole Black History Month Committee is sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory; the National Marine Fisheries Service; the U.S. Coast Guard Group, Woods Hole; the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.