The story behind the Juneteenth holiday

June 15, 2020



June 19th we celebrate Juneteenth which describes as "one of the oldest nationally celebrated commemorations of the ending of slavery in the US."   Despite the Emancipation Proclamation being issued in 1862, changing the legal status of over 3.5 million slaves in the United States to being free, it was several years till Union general Gordon Granger and his troops made it down to Texas on June 19th, 1865 and read federal orders that all enslaved people in Texas were free.  Check out this video for a deeper explanation on the Juneteenth holiday.