Juneteenth is the oldest known c e l e b r a t i o n c o m m e m o r a t i n g the end of slavery in the U.S. It’s a day of reflection and rejoicing with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings.
On June 19, 1865, U.S. Army Soldiers, led by Maj . Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and those enslaved were free.
Today, Juneteenth enjoys growing popularity within communities and organizations throughout the country. Organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others sponsor Juneteenth-centered activities. A number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen, to take their place alongside older organizations - all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.
Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while continuing to encourage self-development and respect for all cultures.
The events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten. All the roots of the various organizations and celebrations tie back to June 19, 1865, from which a national day of pride is growing.
For more on Juneteenth, go to http://juneteenth.com/history.htm.