“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.” http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
I live in a majority white city, so it’s just been recently that there has been any recognition of this holiday. I know in other parts of the country, Juneteenth is celebrated with much fanfare in majority black communities.
If there aren’t any events happening today in your city, I’m sure things will get turnt up this weekend! Attend an event if you can. It’s an opportunity to give honor to our ancestors who suffered for our liberation.