Juneteenth Announcements

Sennet Hasebu, Writer

June 1st- Juneteenth is a day dedicated to acknowledging the last group of enslaved stolen people in Texas being set free.With Texas refusing to tell the stolen people that they were set free, this resulted in them believing they were still enslaved for a whole 2 and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. The proclamation freed all enslaved people in states that were in rebellion, but only if they knew about it or could get away. Union troops finally arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865 to announce they were free two months after the American Civil War ended and almost 5 months after the 13th Amendment that ended slavery nationwide was passed by Congress.  Juneteenth is now a federal holiday celebrated on June 19th to remember and acknowledge the last enslaved people to be set free after the end of the Civil War.