On June 19th, Americans throughout the country will observe a historic holiday known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and promotes pride and solidarity for all African Americans.
Today is Juneteenth. On this day in 1865, the people of Galveston Texas were told the war had ended and that enslaved people were now free. This news came to Texas 2 ½ years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.