The Altadena Historical Society, along with co-sponsors, Altadena Library and Shappo’s
Environmental, Inc. is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2022, at the Altadena
Library from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The event commemorates the Juneteenth Holiday (June 19, 2022)
and celebrates the lives of African Americans who have contributed to the development of the
Juneteenth Independence Day is celebrated by African Americans in recognition of the
emancipation of freed enslaved people in the South on June 19, 1865, nearly two years after
the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law, January 1, 1863.
In 2021, the Altadena Historical Society commemorated the life of Ellen Garrison Clark, a 19 th
Century Civil Rights Activist and created a Scholarship Fund in her name. In her honor, this
year, the Altadena Historical Society will award the Inaugural $1,000 scholarship to a 2022 John
Muir High School graduating senior at the Altadena Juneteenth Celebration. The Ellen Garrison
Clark Scholarship Fund is made possible by the generous donations of the community in 2021
and 2022. This is a celebration of the history of our community. In the words of Ellen Garrison
Clark, “We must lift as we climb.”
For more information contact Veronica Jones at (626) 644-6760.
Additional background information on Ellen Garrison Clark and Juneteenth:
Ellen Garrison Clark was an African American woman, anti-slavery activist, civil rights advocate
and educator who made the education of African Americans and their civil rights her mission in
life. Clark died on December 21, 1892 and was laid to rest at the Altadena Mountain View
Cemetery without a grave marker. She spent the final years of her life in the Altadena/Pasadena
area teaching Blacks to read and write. Last year the Altadena Historical Society celebrated
Juneteenth by laying a headstone on Ms. Clark’s grave at Mountain View Mortuary in Altadena,
129 years after her burial.
More information on Ellen Garrison Clark and the 2021 Juneteenth event can be found:
Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee
Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is commemorates the
emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-
American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19
in various parts of the United States since 1865. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the
anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union
Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was
the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.