Juneteenth of course. Whaddya mean, “what holiday“??
Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday originated in Galveston, TX in 1865. When the Civil War ended, the news spread slowly among plantation owners.
On June 19, 1865, a Union general belatedly announced the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, which led to the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Texas.
This day (or week, or month) celebrates education and achievement. It’s often celebrated in the form of parades, barbecues, ball games and Blues festivals.
Juneteenth is celebrated more widely in Texas than anywhere else. It was steadily gaining in popularity from 1865 up through the mid-1900s. During the 1960s its popularity declined as civil rights progress was being made. Then in the late 1970s it gained new significance as cultural awareness was increasing.
It’s a time for reflection and self-assessment and for acknowledging — and learning from — a dark chapter in our history.