- It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans in the United States.
- It is celebrated on June 19th (the name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”)
- On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved people that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished.
- Union soldiers were there to enforce President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had actually gone into effect more than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863.
(In fact, Lincoln himself had been assassinated a few months earlier, in April 1865.)
- There are a number of different ways that people celebrate the day including parades, marches, barbecues and the raising of the Juneteenth Flag.
- The Juneteenth Flag of Freedom is half red and half blue with a star in the middle.
Resources about Juneteenth:
Juneteenth events in Rochester:
- June 18th – Irondequoit Juneteenth Celebration
- June 19th – The Strong Museum of Play – Juneteenth Celebration in Collaboration with the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
- June 19th – Roc Juneteenth 5K
- June 20th – Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom – Legacy Drama House