June 19 is calling for a public holiday, colorful parades and closing of the stock market too?
what exactly is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, also called the Emancipation Day, on
It has a
long awaited history.
And it wouldn’t have been if not for Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, a Union Army officer.
On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with his fellow soldiers to duly enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.
Even though the Emancipation Proclamation had been officially signed, some areas without the presence of Union Army weren’t reinforcing it.
So, this act by Maj. Granger is widely welcomed and celebrated, and the day off signifies equal justice for all.
Juneteenth has been celebrated as a holiday within the African-American community since 1866.
It is also a reminder that every race has a voice in America and everyone is equally important.
On June 17, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the bill into law, making Juneteenth the 11th holiday recognized by the government.