You can join these Juneteenth celebrations online!
June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, a Union General read federal orders announcing all enslaved people were free. It took more than two years from the Emancipation Proclamation to finally get the news to over 250,000 slaves in Texas.
Juneteenth is a recognized ceremonial or state holiday in 46 states. Only North Dakota, Montana and Hawaii have not recognized the day. South Dakota started the process to recognize the date in June of this year. The day is treated as a celebration with parties and good food.
This year in light of the protests more companies and states are stepping up to make Juneteenth a paid holiday.
Covid-19 has brought several celebrations on line so anyone can participate from their own homes. Concerts, art shows, fund raisers, movies and facebook events will help you see the celebration of Juneteenth.