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Recognizing Juneteenth

Recognizing Juneteenth


Wednesday, June 19 is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It marks the date on which the United States Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the proclamation that all enslaved people in Texas were now free.

While enslaved people were formally freed by the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery continued in Texas until June 1865 because there weren’t enough US troops there to enforce the order to to free the enslaved people.

Juneteenth was officially recognized by the state of Texas in 1980, and is now a state or ceremonial holiday in 49 states. It is a day to celebrate freedom and remember an important point in the history of the USA. 

Juneteenth is a day of pride, intended to encourage self-development and respect for all cultures. It is also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day.

There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It is half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.

Juneteenth Flag

Click here to view a flyer with additional information and local Juneteenth events.