What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery. It was on June 19, 1865 when U.S. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. That date came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, wherein slavery had persisted in the South. Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in 2021.
Juneteenth celebrations in the Twin Ports will begin Friday, June 17 and extend through Sunday, June 19. Community events and opportunities to get involved are detailed below.
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