Celebrate Juneteenth All Across Americacomments (3) June 19th, 2008
It took over two and a half years from the time of Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation for the news to spread: slavery had finally ended. Of course rumors of freedom were widespread, but it wasn't until General Granger read the official executive order in Galveston TX on June 19th that people began to really believe that they were in fact free.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated day to commemorate the end of slavery. June 19th is now a day of observation and celebration in over 29 states with many more states engaged in active campaigns to join the rest of the nation in honoring our freedom. Beginning today throughout the weekend there are Juneteenth parades, festivals, concerts, and special reading and events to celebrate how far we've come and to acknowledge how far we have to go.