Why we celebrate Juneteenth

INDIANA – Juneteenth, a federal holiday that coined the term “Second Independence Day,” marks the day the last African American slaves were notified that they had been freed from their masters.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture said. “It commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.”

A joint resolution of the thirty-eight Congress of the United States of America proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery.

On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas, were given the news that President Abraham Lincoln freed them, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation – when the Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in June 2021. President Joe Biden signed the bill on June 17, 2021, officially making the day a federal holiday.

The holiday brings everyone together and educates them about this important day in Black History.