Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It honors the African American spirit and pays tribute to the roles and contributions which have enriched our society.
While the Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery in the U.S. in 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that the last enslaved people were freed in Texas. The day became known as Juneteenth by the newly freed people.
The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times.
For more reading ideas, check this Juneteenth Reading List curated by the National Museum of African American History & Culture at the Smithsonian.