Juneteenth is Black History, and Black History is American History. For this special day, we’ve gathered a list of events taking place for Juneteenth, but first, let’s take a look at why we honor and celebrate this day.
While Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is not the day that enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended (per Juneteenth.com). This day actually marks the day when enslaved Texans found out they had been free for over two years.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. However, the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier on January 1, 1863.
Many enslavers continued to hold enslaved people captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African-American freedom.
It is a day, and sometimes a longer period of time, that’s marked with celebrations, lectures, and days of service. Below we’ve listed — via Juneteenth.com — many of the events taking place for Juneteenth.
See the full list of events on Juneteenth.com.