June 19

June 19, 1865  –  Juneteenth

Emancipation Day celebration - 1900-06-19

Emancipation Day celebration – June 19, 1900


The nineteenth of June is celebrated as the holiday Juneteenth, Emancipation Day or Freedom Day  in commemoration of African Americans in Texas receiving word of their freedom.  Slaves in Texas received word of freedom two and one half years after the official Emancipation Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.  Major General Gordon Granger with Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 proclaiming the news of freedom.

Emancipation Day in Richmond, Virginia, 1905

Emancipation Day in Richmond, Virginia, 1905