Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger led Union Soliders into Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended. He read to the people of Galveston General Orders Number 3, which stated that all slaves were freed. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
Juneteenth is celebrated throughout the United States in a variety of ways. Many celebrations focus on education and self-improvement. Celebrations include:
dancing, singing and music
poetry readings and spoken word poetry
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