Remembering Juneteenth Day

06/18/2019

We celebrate Juneteenth Day every year. Its history traces back to June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger from the Union Army announced Civil War and slavery’s end in Galveston, Texas. This news became even more significant because within two years after President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery persisted there.

Once the news broke out, a lot of slaves celebrated their freedom. This made a mark in history. But it wasn’t until the Civil Rights Movement, a century later, that this holiday gained prominence.

Today, Juneteenth has become one of the oldest holidays to commemorate the abolition of slavery. To celebrate it is to acknowledge its significance on the path to freedom and equality. If you wish to learn more about its origin, try out some of these activities:

Visit the public library

Historical accounts about the Civil War and the years before have been kept in volumes. From fictional stories based on actual events to thick tomes detailing the lives of slaves and the treatment they received, pages serve their purpose by revealing the truth. These are relevant source materials to study and understand what went on when slavery used to be practiced in the South. Understanding what happened before the abolition will give you a new perspective about what freedom truly means.

Watch shows

If you prefer seeing history on-screen, you can watch documentaries about this time period. Shows may be broadcast on TV or streamed online. There are countless documentaries and movies that depict slavery, racial inequality, and the struggle to end them. They might also help you sympathize with the victims’ struggle.

Participate in Local Events

Participating in activities that promote community involvement is always a good tribute to those who struggled in the past to achieve the same freedom that we enjoy today. This was the same vigor that compelled millions who marched during the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War. See how you can participate by checking community event schedules.

The path to freedom is not always a paved course. Achieving it had cost many lives. These days, remembering triumph is just as important as learning our history. This is why we commemorate Juneteenth Day.