Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States of America and has come to be known as the African American Emancipation Day.
June 19th, 1865 marks the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed. This came two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all enslaved people “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
Slavery would formally be abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. In 1866, freedmen in Texas organized the first annual celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June 19.
Over the past 157 years, the celebration of this day has spread across the nation, and beyond, to honor African American freedom.
Today, we join in this celebration and recognize that this is a time to reflect and acknowledge a period in our history that has shaped, and continues to impact, our society.
It is a time to educate, assess, plan, and work for a better tomorrow.
It is a time to let all colors disappear and hearts remain.
And it is a time to rejoice in a day dedicated to the celebration of freedom, a principle that is so quintessentially American.
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