On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Richard Allen Coalition, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alumnae of Sussex County, will be hosting the Juneteenth “Day of Remembrance” Celebration at the Richard Allen School, 316 S. Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, Delaware. Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 1865 when the Union Soldiers entered into Galveston, Texas to announce the General’s Order 3, insuring the adherence to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation issued some two years prior. This day became a celebration throughout many cities in the following years as the day African Americans all were freed from slavery.
The Richard Allen School is the site where the African Americans in and around Sussex County would meet on Sundays to enjoy each other’s company, play ball, picnic and just celebrate life. This celebration of June 18 is a reminence of this time gone by and a celebration of music and games as we celebrate our accomplishments in life.
The day will begin with a parade led by the Buffalo Soldiers at 9:30 a.m. along Market Street in Georgetown ending at the school. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be rib & chicken cook-off, food vendors, music, horseshoe competition, car show, corn hole toss competition, children activities, basketball games, various vendors, and much more. If you are interested in being a vendor, please call Jackie Bivens at 302-542-2968; for other information call Jane Hovington at 302-258-7182 or email us at RichardAllenElementary@yahoo.com. This event is sponsored by The Richard Allen Coalition, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alumnae of Sussex County in collaboration with the Buffalo Soldiers.