June 16, 2023: June 19, 2023, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19 every year. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Let’s delve into a little history.
In 1863, then-President of the United States Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed more than 3 million slaves living in the Confederate states.
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the abolition of slavery for enslaved African Americans living in Texas, the last Confederate state where the Emancipation Proclamation had not yet been implemented. .
In 1866, the first Juneteenth celebration took place in Texas. During the initial celebrations, people held prayer meetings, sang spiritual songs, and wore new clothes to represent their freedom. As time went by, African Americans from different states began to join the celebration, making it an annual event. While Juneteenth has been celebrated for many years, it has recently gained greater recognition and attention.
– Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce)
June 14, 2023
Is June 16 a federal holiday?
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. On June 19, 2022, Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. It is now a paid holiday in 24 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Pew Research Center. The twenty-four states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas. , Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Read also: What is Juneteenth and why is it celebrated?
Important facts about the nineteenth
- June 16 is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day.
- It is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
- Opal Lee is a Texas-based activist who is one of the main forces behind making Juneteenth a federal holiday nationwide.
- In 1980, Texas became the first state to observe Juneteenth as a holiday.
June 19, 2023 will be celebrated on June 19. Various public celebrations will be held in different cities and states across the U.S. In short, it is not just a holiday; It is a celebration of freedom.