Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Union soldiers landed in Texas on June 19th in 1865 with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This happened two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
First, there was shock, but then a celebration of the new freedom once the news broke finally in Texas.
Now Juneteenth celebrations continue to focus heavily on education and self improvement.
Further, Juneteenth is growing to have a more national and global presence, as well.