Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day is the commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day enslaved African Americans in Galveston, TX learned that they were free.
In 1866, formerly enslaved Black Texans began celebrating their emancipation with annual “Jubilee Day” festivities. Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Although slavery ended in 1865, we must continue to fight for our rights, through education, exercising the right to vote, and civic engagement. We must continue to educate ourselves and others about our true history and the impact our ancestors have had and continue to have on this country.