how we celebrate
Juneteenth marks the day that the delayed news of freedom finally reached those trapped in bondage in Galveston, Texas. On June 19, 1865, slavery was not abolished, but rather Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the order that established Union Army control over Texas and freed 250,000 individuals from slavery.
Upon news of their freedom, those individuals previously enslaved began celebrating, coming together in prayer, singing, and dancing. Many traveled north in the hopes of reuniting with family members. This day became known as Juneteenth, or Freedom Day.