The Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order authored by President Lincoln with input from Frederick Douglass, was issued on January 1st, 1863, instantly freeing enslaved people in the Confederate states.
However, the Black residents in the Texas island city of Galveston, were not apprised of the news until June 19th, 1865.
Juneteenth, a contraction of the words “June” and “nineteenth” commemorates this day and freedom from slavery in the United States.
Learn more about Juneteenth and the virtual celebration at https://www.blkfreedom.org.
And, if you are looking for resources to begin conversations with your family or students about race, bias, civil rights, and current events, head over to https://www.hcesc.org/social-justice.