Celebrating Juneteenth


June 19th is a holiday celebrated around America and the world. June 19th, shortened to Juneteenth, marks the day that freedom for all slaves was finally proclaimed in The Lone Star State (Texas).

On June 19th 1865 troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. This was over two years later than when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained unaffected in Texas. That was until U.S General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No.3: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free."

Juneteenth is now considered the longest-running African American holiday and is now celebrated or observed in 49 states. So why is it not a confederate holiday? Why is the 4th July celebrated nationally as the day of independence but 19th June as the day that freedom of all slaves was proclaimed in America is not? 

This year marks 155 years since all slaves have been free in America and this year has been made even more significant by the current situation and amplification of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

This video was taken from Reuters on youtube.