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Juneteenth: a day to celebrate freedom for all

by Jun 19, 2023
Juneteenth celebrates the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, signed 2½ years earlier.

Juneteenth through the eyes of young slaves in 1865: East End Voter Coalition celebrates annual essay contest winners at Pulaski Street...

by Jun 12, 2023
The East End Voter Coalition announced this year's contest winners during a celebration at Pulaski Street School on June 2. Aurora Scott, Gabriella Beck and Sara Martinez Acosta earned top honors. Read the winning essays here.

There is no Lion in Judah

by Jun 28, 2022
A voice for the African American community in Riverhead is non-existent. No longer is there a Lion in Judah, a courageous voice to speak for the voiceless. Many profess to take on that challenge but when it comes time to speak truth to power, when it comes time to challenge the powers that be…….all you hear is utter silence.

Singing, dancing and thoughts on freedom: Riverhead celebrates Juneteenth

by Jun 20, 2022
Community members gathered at the Riverhead Free Library on Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, with singing, dancing and a keynote speech on freedom by former Aquebogue Elementary School assistant principal, Vanessa Williams.

Celebrating freedom with a new holiday

by Jun 20, 2022
Today marks the official observance of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to to read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered and two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, freeing slaves throughout the United States.

Pulaski Street School and East End Voter Coalition celebrate Juneteenth with annual essay contest

by Jun 19, 2022
Pulaski Street School and the East End Voter Coalition celebrated Juneteenth Friday with a presentation of the winning essays in the annual Juneteenth essay contest.

We think Juneteenth is important. It doesn’t feel that way in Riverhead

by Jun 17, 2022
Editorial: Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America. It's an important day to remember and acknowledge. So why was Riverhead one of the few towns in the region that wasn't formally acknowledging the federal and state holiday? And where was the outrage among community leaders? We think this is part of a larger pattern in Riverhead. And it's troubling.

Riverhead Town Hall will be closed Monday in observance of Juneteenth

by Jun 16, 2022
Riverhead Town officials have decided to observe Juneteenth by closing Town Hall on Monday. Earlier this week officials said town offices would be open because the holiday was not in existing union contracts.

These Juneteenth celebrations will take place in Riverhead this weekend

by Jun 16, 2022
Riverhead will celebrate Juneteenth this year over the weekend with events hosted by community organizations and the Suffolk Theater.

Juneteenth: remembering ‘a multitude of sins’

by Jun 18, 2021
Speaking to children at Pulaski Street Elementary School at a program commemorating Juneteenth Wednesday, East End Voters Coalition co-chair Robert Brown reflects on the meaning of Juneteenth and the importance of remembering and understanding history.