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Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth

Group on Emancipation Day, circa 1880s, in Houston's Emancipation Park

Juneteenth, the U.S.'s newest federal holiday, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It originated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger announced General Order No. 3, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

from Juneteenth.com

History of Juneteenth