News of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865 traveled slowly westward until on June 19, Union Army General Gordon Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3,” announcing the emancipation of people held as slaves from the balcony of the Ashton Villa (pictured above) on Galveston Island, Texas. The order read:
“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. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
Former slaves rejoiced and established Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth.” It’s only been 153 years, folks. And while this year’s holiday falls on Tuesday, local celebrations are expected across the country this weekend including a festival in Winston-Salem’s Bailey Park.
The Holophonics @ On Pop of the World (GSO), 9 p.m.
Headliners Holophonics bring reggae and ska alongside Greensboro’s ska septet Corporate Fandango and Lightweight. Find the event on Facebook.
Greensboro City Market @ West Lewis Street, 6 p.m.
Local songwriters sing into the sweet summer air as attendees find artisan food producers, handcrafted projects, locally produced clothing, artwork and Que House food truck on the South End of downtown. Market proceeds benefit recipients of the Fresh Food Access Program at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market for those who are food insecure by providing “Double Up” SNAP /EBT benefits. Learn more at gsocitymarket.com.
Byron Hill @ Muddy Creek Music Hall (W-S), 8 p.m.
Winston-Salem’s Byron Hill is a master songwriter with a catalogue that includes recordings from Ray Charles, George Strait, Kenny Rogers and Reba McEntire. Hill shares the spotlight with Matt Brown, one of the lucky singer/songwriters who made it happen in Nashville. Find the event on Facebook.
Son Volt @ the Ramkat (W-S), 8 p.m.
Decades ago, punk outfit Uncle Tupelo broke into Wilco and Son Volt, which ushered in alt-country genre in the mid ’90s with their first album, Trace. Catch up with these pivotal musicians and get to know songwriter Tim Easton, whose most recent album, Paco & The Melodic Polaroids, is a bare-bones celebration of “Paco,” his trusty Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. Learn more at theramkat.com.
Recycling rodeo @ Revolution Mill (GSO), 8 a.m.
The City of Greensboro is holding a drop-off event for difficult-to-recycle items until 2 p.m. Dress for Success, which provides local women with professional attire and development they need to achieve economic independence, will be on site accepting clothing, shoes and accessories as well. Learn more about what items to bring at revolutionmillgreensboro.com.
Juneteenth Festival @ Bailey Park & Biotech Place (W-S), noon
Celebrate the country’s longest-running observance of the abolition of slavery in the Innovation Quarter. Indoors, find historical exhibits, vendors and arts and crafts activities. The afternoon features both a spoken word session and health seminar while performers entertain outdoors and offer dance workshops. Find unique meals from food vendors. Learn more at triadculturalarts.org.
Philippine Independence Day Cultural Expo @ Miller Park (W-S), 1 p.m.
Join Fil-Am Sangbayan for a family-friendly festival featuring authentic Filipino food, music, performances, games, vendors and workshops. Learn more at sangbayanws.com.
Ruben Gonzales @ Sunrise Books (HP), 2 p.m.
Gonzales discusses his Cottage on the Bay, an historical drama following a North Carolina coast family’s matriarch. Learn more at sunrisebookshp.indielite.org.
Late-night snack attack party @ Krankies (W-S), 9 p.m.
Krankies is cooking up something special. Munch on international street foods paired with a cold Mikkeller or glass of Lambrusco, fresh off the boat. The new cocktail menu, too, awaits. Find the event on Facebook.
Stargazing @ Kaleideum North (W-S), 9 p.m.
Hang out with Kaleideum Planetarium staff and the Forsyth Astronomical Society for some good ol’ parking lot astronomy observation using professional telescopes. Find the event on Facebook.
Karon Click & the Hot Licks @ Foothills Brewing (W-S), 10 p.m.
Jump swing, upbeat blues and soul fill the downtown brewpub. Find the event on Facebook.
Tea time @ High Point Museum, 1 p.m.
All ages are welcome to sample teas popular in the Colonial Era while learning about colonial tea culture and history. Find the event on Facebook.
Heart Society @ Listen Speakeasy (GSO), 3 p.m.
Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger and Benjamin Eichelberger blend Southern rock and blues in celebration of releasing their first EP Wake the Queens. Find the event on Facebook.
Dad joke contest @ Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company (GSO), 4 p.m.
Jokesters of all genders compete before local celebrity guest judges for six titles: Punniest, Best Historic Reference, Best Pop-Culture Reference, Best North Carolina or Greensboro Reference, Most Groan-Inducing Punchline and Best Overall. Learn more and sign up at gibbshundred.com.