Juneteenth posterUnderstanding the Commemoration of Juneteenth

In 1865, African slaves on Galveston Island,  were not aware that two years earlier  President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. They found out they were free when  Major Gen. Gordon Granger led Union soldiers onto Galveston Island on June 19, 1865,   The day’s month(June) and date ( 19-teenth) were then combined and the term “Juneteenth” was coined to commemorate the day.

Juneteenth is widely regarded as America’s Second Independence Day or Freedom Day, or the Emancipation Day and is observed throughout the United States. It is officially commemorated in 43 states and is a state holiday in the state of Texas which is referred to as the “home of the last to know.”

Many cities throughout the U.S. hold African – American festivals and other events to commemorate the holiday.

Your family can commemorate Juneteenth by:

Please share what your family does to commemorate the day.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

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