5 facts about Juneteenth, marking the last day of slavery

5 facts about Juneteenth, marking the last day of slavery

Blake Casey
June 20, 2017

Juneteenth is an official federal and state holiday referring to June 19, 1865, when the Union Army came to Galveston, Texas, with a proclamation that slaves were liberated, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event had praise dancing, spoken word, and live music.

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas and read the proclamation. Over the years, as freedmen and freedwomen left Texas, they took Juneteenth and its meaning with them. One hundred and fifty-two years ago, on June 19, 1865, the last slaves in Texas and, more broadly, in the Confederate South were freed.

During the late 1970s, Texas state legislator Al Edwards strove to have Juneteenth declared a state holiday.

Known for her strong radio presence, radio personality Mina SayWhat is an advocate for Juneteenth celebrations in the City of Brotherly Love.

Bringing together people from all walks of life.

Through the course of conversation, I found many of my freedom-loving friends had never heard of Juneteenth.

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Juneteenth has become either a state or ceremonial holiday in 45 of the 50 US states, and hundreds are taught its importance annually at a celebration.

"We see this as a time when we really understood our freedom, what it meant to be fully whole".

Though the Civil War had ended, many African-Americans remained enslaved in Texas until the USA military arrived.

The day has been celebrated ever since.

Organizers say they'll be focusing on educating everyone about what Juneteenth is and why the date is still significant over 150 years later.

The teen said if slavery still existed in America, there would be chaos.

Recognizing and celebrating the positive parts of complex and contested historical moments (i.e., the moments when the oppression ended) is also an important and often effective way of creating national unity.