Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, the day when the last slaves in America were freed.
The Juneteenth holiday is a celebration of freedom and commemorates the end of slavery in America. The day is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth marks the date when Texas slaves were informed that they were free by Union soldiers who had arrived on June 19, 1865. However, it was not until two years later that all slaves in America were freed.
Here’s everything you need to know about Juneteenth, including why it’s celebrated on June 19th and what it means to African Americans today.
What does Juneteenth mean?
Juneteenth, which translates to “June nineteenth” in English, refers to the date when slaves in Texas learned that they were free. This happened two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. On June 19th 1865, Union soldiers arrived at Galveston Island with news for over 20,000 former slaves who had been living there under slavery conditions since before 1862.
Why is Juneteenth celebrated?
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery in America and marks a major milestone in US history. The holiday was first observed by former slaves who celebrated their freedom with parades and other festivities after hearing about it from Union soldiers stationed near Galveston Island.