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Juneteenth is Freedom Day!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth History

Juneteenth Poster NMAAHCThe First Juneteenth

"On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all."

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom

"Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom is an unscripted documentary that invites viewers into the story of Juneteenth - the holiday recognizing the end of legalized slavery in Texas - through the eyes of a Black man learning about the holiday from the direct descendants of those liberated. The journey starts in Galveston, where the liberation was first announced, to Houston the site of Freedmen's Town, and heads to Dallas from there speaking to historians, artists, community organizers, and leaders of the Black Church. The story serves as a parable that offers hope and the insight that faith can be the greatest weapon against injustice.."

Smith, Y. (Director). (2022, June 6). Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom [Documentary].  Exodus Filmworks; Our Daily Bread Ministries. YouTube.​​

Emancipation Primary Sources

Freedom, jubilee: liberty...General Order No. 3, issued by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865.