Juneteenth is an annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people in the state were free.
This announcement occurred two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
Still, due to the lack of enforcement in Texas, many enslaved people remained in bondage.
When did Americans start celebrating it?
Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, and in recent years, it has gained wider recognition and observance.
It officially became a federal holiday in 2021 when President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.
The holiday is a time to reflect on the legacy of slavery in the United States and celebrate African Americans' contributions and achievements.
It is typically marked by celebrations, picnics, and other community events highlighting black culture and history.
Juneteenth has taken on added significance in recent years as the country grapples with racial justice and inequality issues.
It serves as a reminder of the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done to achieve true equality for all Americans.