African American communities are coming together today to celebrate the end of slavery in America.
Juneteenth goes back to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers came to Texas with the news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. This came just two and a half years after former President Lincoln signed into law the Emancipation Proclamation.
Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is celebrated annually to commemorate this time in history.
Lots of people around the globe are pushing for Juneteenth to become a national holiday, considering we have Fourth of July.
Not only are groups holding events, but people are tweeting in solidarity.
Today is #Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Happy Independence and Emancipation Day! ???? Austin History Center
Today is #Juneteenth. Remembering the lives lost in slavery. And those lost today by hate + bias. #NabraHussein #CharleenaLyle #FinsburyPark
Happy #Juneteenth! 152 years ago marked the end of slavery in the US. We're still fighting and we'll continue to fight for true freedom! https://t.co/Q3A8EFTkTx
Happy #Juneteenth to all my beautiful black people. We've come a long way and have even longer to go✊????✊????✊????✊????
Got my entire life at this #Juneteenth parade I went to today. The melanin was in full effect https://t.co/wxiP464EoO
Learning about #JUNETEENTH now. What a powerful day.
Juneteenth celebrates the day that freedom was finally realized by enslaved African Americans everywhere. More: https://t.co/7QV0LyyZii
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