Today is Juneteenth. Many people, like myself, hadn’t even heard of this day until a few years ago. Just two days ago it became an official federal holiday.
Here’s a little background from Juneteenth.com
“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.”
Last year, was my first year taking the time to not just learn more, but to have a little celebration. The celebration was small, pandemic and all, but me and my friend enjoyed hanging out with our sons and supporting a couple of local black businesses.
How have you or will you celebrate Juneteenth?