Celebrating Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19th, is Juneteenth, where we celebrate the day in 1865 when those who were enslaved in the state of Texas were informed of their freedom—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It became a federal holiday this past week!

 

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, it took two and a half years for slaves in the state of Texas to hear of their freedom. Juneteenth is the celebration of the day in the United States when all enslaved individuals became aware of their freedom.