Juneteenth, celebrates Emancipation Proclamation on 2024.

The emancipation proclamation took 2 years to ‘free’ slaves in Confederate States.

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863, but, but it became a national policy through the Thirteen Amendment passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864. However, it could not be implemented in Confederate states until June 19, 1865, when Maj Gen Gordon Granger, along with some 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state, and ensure freedom for the last remaining slaves in the area, more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana where some plantation owners continued their operations through enslaved labor.


The newly freed African Americans rejoiced by praying, dancing and gathering for community feasts. Those gatherings recurred each year, commemorating what became known as Freedom Day, later Jubilee Day, and then Juneteenth Independence Day.

Juneteenth is a state holiday for most of the country. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Nationally, a U.S. president typically offers a proclamation acknowledging the day’s significance and gives well wishes to African Americans who observe.

I invite you to visit the the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture  in Washington, D.C. 

Juneteenth Celebrations

Juneteenth’s celebrations are usually celebrated outdoors involving, prayer service, speaker series, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and dances are among other events.

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