What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19. It is the oldest established celebration of the end of slavery in the United States and originated June 19, 1865, when union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news of the end of the Civil War and of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
Juneteenth, historically known as Jubilee Day, marks the official emancipation of enslaved African Americans in America – being celebrated every year since 1865. And while the day emanated from the USA, it’s of huge historical significance across the world. Unofficially, Juneteenth is celebrated over here, though technically Canada’s official holiday is on August 1st – marking the emancipation of the British Empire in 1834.
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation was an order by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in 10 states