Did you know that Juneteenth is the oldest known tradition celebrating the end of slavery in Texas?
Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth is celebrated all over the United States. It’s a day that recognizes African American freedom, their achievements, culture and more. Juneteenth was first observed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
About 250,000 African Americans in the Lone Star state had no idea they were free. That was until Union General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston and announced the Civil war was over. The news came two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation — ending slavery on January 1, 1863.
Today, African Americans celebrate the tradition by hosting events like family gatherings, cookouts, ceremonies, etc. However, celebrating Juneteenth isn’t just about eating, gatherings and dancing. It’s also a day to learn about African American history.
Before the night is over, take a moment to learn more about the Juneteenth celebration. Then share what you learned with your family and friends!
In 1872, community members (formerly enslaved) raised about $1000 to purchase 10 acres of land because they wanted always have a place to go to celebrate Juneteenth. The land is known as Emancipation Park in Houston, Tx.