Celebrating Juneteenth

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.

Juneteenth shirts from
Seafood boil from
Cafe 1908
Dinner from
Southern Blues

How have you or will you celebrate Juneteenth?

5 thoughts on “Celebrating Juneteenth

  • Crystal

    Nice blog! I had not heard about Juneteenth until a few years ago too! I am happy that it is now a federal holiday despite some of the criticism it is getting from people. Now it’s time to set some Juneteenth traditions to continue on for generations to come. Happy Juneteenth!

  • Jena Haynes

    Hey Friend
    I knew about for years with studying in college back in 2011 for my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. But also realized that our world carries such items as non-existent for they want to us to know nothing of such. It was no surprise to me that they just are making it a known holiday. I guess when we know better thats when we do better.

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