Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
On June 19th 1865, union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation 2 years earlier but the news did not get to Galveston until Granger arrived. Of course most the slave owners were not going to willingly give the slaves that they had viewed as property, so a show of force by the troops was needed to coerce them to comply with the law.
The name Juneteenth combines the name June and the day of the month that the good news was finally gives to the last remaining slaves. Today people celebrate in many different ways from Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, parades to baseball games.
The spirit of Juneteenth is to celebrate African American freedom and achievement,while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. Education is important so that this long honored tradition can remain strong and continue to grow.