What is Juneteeth?
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
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President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over.
On June 18, 1865 the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19th, 1865 General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States, over two years later.
The former slaves in Galveston celebrated the day that they were set free and the first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year.
How is the City celebrating Juneteenth?