Juneteenth is celebrated every year on June 19th. It was created to highlight the freedom of Black Americans and the end of slavery of the United States. While only being nationally recognized recently, the holiday has been celebrated since 1866.
Slavery ended in January of 1863, but news did not reach Texas until June 19th, 1865. On the first anniversary of this day, was the first Juneteenth celebration. The people rejoiced with parties, prayers, and eventually, annual pilgrimages to Galveston, where that first celebration took place.
Juneteenth is a day of jubilation, but it is also a day of reflection. It is important to recognize the impacts that slavery has left on the United States. This holiday is a way to remember and grieve the hardships of slavery while also rejoicing in celebration of hope for the future.
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For more information about Juneteenth, visit whitehouse.gov.