Juneteenth is day celebrating the ending of slavery in the United States that takes place every year on June 19th. The date corresponds to when General Gordon Granger went to Galveston, Texas to announce to the last enslaved people that they were free, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed into law.
For a while, the holiday waned but saw a revival in the 1960's during the Civil Rights era. Since then there has been a push to declare Juneteenth as a federally recognized holiday, which you can find out more information about by visiting the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.
Want to celebrate right here in Arkansas without leaving home? Check out Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock for a day of virtual fun! They are currently planning an online event to stay socially distant while still celebrating Juneteenth together.
If you’d like more information on Juneteenth, check out these links: