On June 19th, Juneteenth is celebrated because it is the day that slaves were freed in Texas after the Civil War.
On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln declared all slaves held in confederate states free when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. However, It wasn’t until two years later, on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger and Union Soldiers went into Galveston, Texas with the news that the civil war was over and that the 250,000 slaves there were freed.
In 1997 Congress recognized June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day. Although it has been celebrated for over 150 years, it is still not recognized as a National Holiday.
Join us in signing this petition to make Juneteenth a National Holiday.
Get your tickets for tomorrow’s live-streaming performance of the stage play “Juneteenth” by Greg Ellis.