On June 19, 1865, African Americans who were enslaved were told they were finally free. Juneteenth is now an official holiday to commemorate the end of slavery after the Civil War . This legislation was signed by President Biden on June 17, 2021 signed the bill into law making Juneteenth the 11th holiday that is recognized by our federal government.

Juneteenth has been celebrated since then 1800’s. This important holiday is also called Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth is celebrated with prayers, familial gatherings and some have been doing pilgrimages to Galveston by families.

In 1872 a group of African American business owners and ministers purchased land and was called Emancipation Park where the city’s annual celebration is held. Cities like Atlanta celebrates Juneteenth with parades, music, food within the community.