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 The proceeds from events hosted by the AAHC, like the Juneteenth Fish Fry, are placed toward scholarships and school supplies for local area schools.
 The AAHC at Charleston was formed to help promote awareness of ethnic diversity and cultural appreciation throughout the year, as opposed to only focused efforts during African American History Month.
 To become a member of the AAHC or learn more, contact Master Sgt. Angela Powell at 963-2913 or angela.powell1@charleston.af.mil.
 
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AAHC raises support for local students at Juneteenth Fish Fry
Alphonso Jones fries a batch of fish at the third annual Juneteenth Fish Fry at the base picnic grounds on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., June 17, 2010. The Juneteenth Fish Fry is a celebration of the delayed emancipation of Texan African Americans in 1865. The event was hosted by the African American Heritage Council to commemorate this historical event. Mr. Jones is a project manager with the 628th Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)
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AAHC raises support for local students at Juneteenth Fish Fry

Posted 6/23/2010   Updated 6/23/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Lauren Main
Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs


6/23/2010 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The African American Heritage Council held its third annual Juneteenth Fish Fry at the picnic grounds here June 17 in honor of the emancipation Texan African Americans several years after the end of the Civil War.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and all still enslaved were free.

When General Granger addressed the people 145 years ago, it was recorded he said, "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free."

However, this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official Jan. 1, 1863. The fish fry hosted annually by the African American Heritage Council commemorates this historical event.

The proceeds from events hosted by the AAHC, like the Juneteenth Fish Fry, are placed toward scholarships and school supplies for local area schools.

The AAHC at Charleston was formed to help promote awareness of ethnic diversity and cultural appreciation throughout the year, as opposed to only focused efforts during African American History Month, said Tech. Sgt. Keneethia Kennard, 628th Air Base Wing Military Equal Opportunity NCO in charge.

Throughout the year, the council awards scholarships to high school students ranging from $250 to $500. The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit in conjunction with essay contests, said Sergeant Kennard.

To become a member of the AAHC or learn more, contact Master Sgt. Angela Powell at 963-2913 or angela.powell1@charleston.af.mil.



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