Shannon Simmons

Juneteenth: The Second Independence Day

By Shannon Simmons

Juneteenth Rock Hill

Juneteenth, the mash-up of the two words June and Nineteenth, is sometimes called the second independence day.  June 19th marks the day in 1865 when African American slaves in Galveston, Texas finally received news that they were freed, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after the ending of the Civil War. This holiday serves to recognize a significant moment in American history.  

Some Stories Just Come to You | Endowment Intern Shannon

By Shannon Simmons

Juneteenth Interview and Event

When you work in the journalism field you’ll quickly realize that some stories just fall in your lap and certainly the Juneteenth Rock Hill piece I’m editing is one of those stories for me. On this second week of my SCETV internship, I led interviews with two of the Juneteenth Rock Hill board members to get the inside scoop on what it takes to put together a community event like the Juneteenth celebration.