Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free

A century and a half later, people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the day, which is now a federal holiday

Juneteenth, a yearly celebration of the finish of subjection in the United States after the Civil War,

has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.

President Biden marked regulation last year that made Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, a government occasion

On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox,

which had been given more than over two years sooner, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Early festivals included petition and family social occasions, and later included yearly journeys to Galveston by previous subjugated individuals and their families

In 1980, Texas became the first state to designate Juneteenth as a holiday