Posted By Bill Payer on Jun 18, 2024 | 0 comments

How much do you know about the meaning and significance of Juneteenth? The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863 but it only freed the slaves in the Confederate states that had seceded. And even then, it had little to no effect in parts of the Confederacy that weren’t under control by Union troops.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. 

The 13th Amendment, abolishing all slavery in the United States wasn’t ratified and implemented until December 6, 1865. This information is from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. To read the entire article CLICK HERE.

You may also want to check out Juneteenth National Independence Day by the National Park Service and Juneteenth: The History, by the New York Times.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021.


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