The History of Juneteenth


June 19th, better known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day, celebrates the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. Those enslaved in the state of Texas were not told of their freedom until 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery, a true tragedy, in the United States. Though the holiday isn’t federally recognized, 49 states recognize the day as a state holiday or day of observance. Throughout the country, Juneteenth is celebrated through parades, festivals, family gatherings, and celebrations.

At the Y, we celebrate this powerful moment in our nation’s history because we are for all. We believe that everyone is welcome, and we truly are better together. As we celebrate Juneteenth, we encourage you to join us in taking social responsibility in our communities. We can be the change together and forge a brighter future for ourselves, our youth, our neighbors, and everyone in between. We are still fighting for equity and we will not stop because we believe in a brighter tomorrow. Happy Juneteenth!

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Kylan Perry
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