The Juneteenth Committee was established by the Greater East Austin Youth Association (GEAYA), which consists of volunteers from Businesses and Nonprofit's. As Community Leaders and Activists we are dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and continual growth of the Freedom Day (Juneteenth) Celebration.
MISSION: Our Mission is to create diversity and cultural awareness about Texas African American History through events, educational programs and individual projects.
GOALS: Our goal is to raise funds for the programs supported by Greater East Austin Youth Association a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which began as a football program but has now expanded to year around sports activities, mentorship and skills and social training for the disadvantaged youth of Central Texas.
ABOUT JUNETEENTH: Juneteenth , also known as "Freedom Day" or Emancipation Day" commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. On September 22nd, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending the practice of slavery; however the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later.
On June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, Union General Gordon Granger issued the following statement:
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the
United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes
that between employer and hired labor".