A brief history of Juneteenth

Although we are taught that the Emancipation Proclamation freed the confederate slaves, history books often fail to mention that it took two and a half years for all enslaved African Americans to receive their freedom. Juneteenth is a day that not only commemorates the last day of slavery but also the beginning of reconstruction in the United States.

Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom

It was June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger, a Union general during the American Civil War, issued General Orders No. 3, informing Texans that “in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’” This moment came about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, and became known as the holiday Juneteenth.