Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that slaves in Texas finally received the good news of their emancipation. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1st, 1863. On June 19th, Germantown United Methodist, New Bethel Missionary Baptist, Germantown Presbyterian, and El Redentor United Methodist will unite to celebrate their emancipation as well as the strides our churches have made towards racial reconciliation. Our speaker will be Rev. Dr. Deborah Smith, a District Superintendent of the United Methodist Memphis Conference. Contact Rev. Erin Beasley firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.