Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its inception in Galveston, Texas in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, we can make significant and lasting improvements in our society. 

Read more on the official website.

This image is of the Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900. It was created by Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) and is housed at the Austin History Center of the Austin Public Library. It is in the public domain by virtue of the fact that its first publication occurred before January 1, 1923.

This image is of the Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900. It was created by Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) and is housed at the Austin History Center of the Austin Public Library. It is in the public domain by virtue of the fact that its first publication occurred before January 1, 1923.

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