Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday
- June 17, 2021
President Biden signed a bill officially declaring Juneteenth, June 19, to be a federal holiday.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
“Why Juneteenth Matters” via the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Online events via the National Museum of African American History & Culture
More Information via Wikipedia