About Granby's Juneteenth Celebration

 

Granby’s Juneteenth celebration is a wonderful opportunity for the Salmon Brook Historical Society to share stories and statistics relating to Granby’s Black History.

Juneteenth (Freedom Day) marks the end of slavery in 1865 in Texas, the last hold-out state. As of 2022, Juneteenth (June 19) has been designated a federal holiday.

Starting at least as far back as 1987, Carol Laun, Granby’s long-time archivist, began to collect information about Granby’s Black residents. Most of the information gathered for these six “signs” came from Laun’s files at the historical society.

For this project SBHS will have 6 temporary signs placed at the site of the celebration. Each sign will have a QR code that will direct people to the SBHS website for expanded information about our town’s past. After Juneteenth, the information can be easily accessed on the website.

Black families have been part of Granby’s life since before the American Revolution. Black men from Granby served in the French and Indian War. More served in the Revolutionary War and more than 11 with ties to Granby served in the Civil War. There is information about the Black Wallis family from 1753 and the Elkey family that lived in the Granby area from the first mention in 1794. There is the tale of the Black Percy family and their tangled relationship with their owners the Pettibones. And a bit later, there was Emily Clemons Pierson, a white abolitionist writer who grew up on what is now Lost Acres Orchard. She wrote a novel about a runaway slave that was published about 4 months before Harriet Beecher Stowe’s blockbuster novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

GRANBY JUNETEENTH STROLL

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UNCOVERING GRANBY'S BLACK HISTORY

June 18th, Salmon Brook Park
3 pm - 8:30 pm

In Celebration of Juneteenth in Granby


During the summer, the signs will be on the historical society campus
(208 Salmon Brook Street) on Sundays from 2-4 pm.
The information will be permanently available on the Salmon Brook Historical Society web page.

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BLACK FAMILIES IN 
GRANBY

Black families have been part of Granby’s life since before the American Revolution. Because even free... 

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THE ELKEY FAMILY

The Elkey Family Lived In Granby Over 100 Years there have also been members of...

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BLACK SOLDIERS IN THE NATIONS WAR

Granby’s Black men served in the French and Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War and Civil War...

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THE PERCYS & 
THE PETTIBONES

Ozias Pettibone (1738-1812) was one of the few Granby citizens wealthy enough to...

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THE WALLIS FAMILY
 

London Negro or London Wallis (Wallace) was the slave of Stephen Griffin of East Granby...

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EMILY CLEMONS
PIERSON

Yes, Granby can claim a woman who was an abolitionist and a...