Bozeman organization educates residents on Juneteenth

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 11:27:06-04

BOZEMAN — “Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery, and so Juneteenth was commemorated and started on June 19th. So it’s kind of June 19th is Juneteenth. June 19 in 1865,” explained Crystal Alegria with the Extreme History Project.

The Extreme History Project in Bozeman honored the day by giving a free tour of the former African-American neighborhoods in Bozeman. The tour served to educate everyone whether you’re just learning.

“I feel like I’m so, I don’t know, just baby deer. I’m just like just learning about this. Now that I know, I’m trying to really immerse myself in it,” said Bozeman resident, Lillian Ball.

Or if you just want to know more about your community.

“I was really looking for a way to be able to celebrate Juneteenth and learn a little more specifically about the community in Bozeman,” said another resident, Cara Scott.

And though the tour was Friday morning, it’s not too late to take part in the celebration.

“The United Racial Equity organization here in Bozeman is promoting that you have a cookout tonight with your family, a social distance cookout. So, have a barbeque, a cookout in your front lawn, enjoy your family and then watch a movie. There’s also a lot of information online if you need a movie or documentary to watch that commemorates Juneteenth,” Alegria explained.

And with the beautiful weather, a cookout doesn’t sound like a bad idea.