On June 19, 1865, troops entered Galveston, Texas to ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery and is considered the longest-running African American holiday according to History.com.
Traditionally, Juneteenth is a day of celebrating freedom, with festivals and marches taking place across the country in honor of the day. Although Juneteenth is not recognized as a federal holiday yet, 47 states recognize it as a state holiday or observance according to PBS. And more and more businesses and companies are giving employees the day off to celebrate.
To learn more about the historical significance of Juneteenth, check out these resources:
This year, Juneteenth is happening amidst protests against the injustices the Black community continue to face every day. Learn more about how you can support the Black Lives Matter movement here.