Why Juneteenth Is Important

While July 4, 1776 represents the day of freedom for a lot of Americans, June 19, 1865 represents a more accurate and true depiction of when everyone in the United States of America was truly free. June 19, 1865 – more than 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves were free – is the day when Major General Gordon Granger and the Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas to spread the word of President Abraham Lincoln’s Executive Order and to ensure it was enforced.

June 19 was then dubbed Juneteenth and has been unofficially celebrated by African-Americans across the country ever since.

For more info on Juneteenth check out the Observance of Juneteenth website.

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