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Juneteenth, 1865 Freedom Day

June 19

June 19, 1865 Freedom Day
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery as a historic practice of the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.” This year, the federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day, is observed across the U.S. on the nearest weekday, Monday June 20.
About the history of Juneteenth, The Congressional Research Service writes, LINK:
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom…Texans celebrated Juneteenth beginning in 1866 with community-centric events, such as parades, cookouts, prayer gatherings, historical and cultural readings, and musical performances. Over time, communities have developed their own traditions. Some communities purchased land for Juneteenth celebrations, such as Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas. As families emigrated from Texas to other parts of the United States, they carried Juneteenth celebrations with them.
Did you grow up commemorating Juneteenth? Maybe you have never heard of it? Learn more about it here:
It isn’t the other independence day but thee independence day. Read more about that here LINK.
Watch a video explaining Juneteenth and why everyone should commemorate the da and the history it holds LINK.
Have you seen the Juneteenth flag? It’s not just aesthetics. Learn the meaning behind the imagery LINK.


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