Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. See also our Bill of Rights Collection and our International Day of Democracy Collection.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

In 1980, Juneteenth became a Texas state holiday. In the decades since, every state but South Dakota came to officially commemorate Juneteenth, but only a handful of states observe it as a paid holiday.

On June 15, 2021, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

See also our Bill of Rights Collection and our International Day of Democracy Collection. 

 

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Impact of Emancipation  | Walter Edgar's Journal
Impact of Emancipation | Walter Edgar's Journal

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This is an excerpt from the University of South Carolina public series, Conversations on the Civil War - 1863. Dr. Walter Edgar speaks to Dr. Thavolia Gylmph, Duke University, about the impact the...
Juneteenth Celebration | Palmetto Scene
Juneteenth Celebration | Palmetto Scene

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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. During Rock Hill's...