The Ghana Tourism Authority, Beyond the Return Secretariat and the Forestry Commission came together on Friday June 17th for a tree planting exercise at Achimota Forest to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday (June 19) celebrated in the United States. With a strong diaspora community in Ghana, it was important to acknowledge this holiday because it recognizes the date when all enslaved Africans in the U.S. were officially free; June 19, 1865.
Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre were also in attendance to participate in the planting of trees. Members of the diaspora community gathered and also participated. For some it was symbolic of coming back home to plant a tree in honour of their ancestors.