Celebrate the Day
Today we celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the end to slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. Celebrated on June 19 and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states. Wonder why Juneteenth is celebrated today instead of on September 22nd, when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln? The answer to this is it was on June 18th that the Union Army of 2,000 troops marched into Galveston, Texas and enforced Lincoln’s emancipation. On June 19, standing on the balcony of the Ashton Villa, General Gordon Granger read the contents of the proclamation that all slaves were free. Former slaves in Galveston rejoice in the streets. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year.