Today Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and places a premium on education and performance. It is a day, a week, and, in some regions, a month filled with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family get-togethers. It is a moment for introspection and celebration. It's a time for self-evaluation, self-improvement, and preparation...for the next stage of one's life.
Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1865. It was called "the birthday of the black race" at that time because it was on this date in 1805 that slavery was abolished in all of the British Empire. Slavery had been outlawed in the United States three years earlier on Emancipation Day, but it would not be until after the close of the Civil War in 1865 that any form of emancipation would take place.
The holiday was initially known as "Negro Independence Day." The term "Juneteenth" came about two years later when it became popular to send letters, packages, and newspapers to persons in prison. Those letters were usually sent by people who could not attend the festivities themselves. So the word "juneteenth" became widely used by 1865 to describe the day because it was on this date in 1845 that the last shipment of slaves arrived in Texas from Louisiana. Thus, the term "juneteenth" can be considered an abbreviation for "negro independence day."
There are many theories as to why the holiday has become associated with freedom for African Americans.
Juneteenth (a contraction of June and nineteenth) is a festival commemorating the emancipation of persons who had been slaves in the United States. It is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. The term "Black Independence Day" may be used to refer to Juneteenth.
In Texas, it is a state holiday. In other states, it's called "Freedom Day".
In 1866, after being enslaved for more than 100 years, African Americans were finally granted their freedom by an act of Congress. This event is now recognized as Emancipation Day. The date of Emancipation was January 1st but because there was no official government holiday in place at the time, many blacks did not get their freedom until after the end of the year. There were several factors that led up to this momentous occasion, including the use of armed force by former slave owners to prevent blacks from voting and forming their own unions.
There are many theories on how exactly Juneteenth came about but what does matter is that it exists and continues to grow each year. It is important for slaves to know that they are free and that nobody can take away their freedom. Slaves used the opportunity provided by Juneteenth to have picnics and parties but also to show their former masters how free they really were.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks a significant milestone in the abolition of slavery in the United States. On this day, the Nation comes together to recognize and celebrate the end of the Civil War and chattel slavery in the United States.
The holiday was created by slaves who wanted to show their gratitude to God for saving them from slavery. Today, it is celebrated throughout the world with parades, concerts, and gatherings with family and friends.
Slaves were allowed to escape to Texas during the Civil War years. When they returned, they found that someone had left them a note on their doorstep: "The Union has been defeated; but the war continues until all slavery within the Confederacy is destroyed." This note is believed to have come from the Union Army, which was trying to encourage slaves to stay with their owners and not go into exile again.
After the war ended in 1865, leaders of the former Confederate states decided that no slave would be returned to the Union unless some formal expression of gratitude was made. So, they passed a law on June 19, 1866, which declared that the anniversary of our emancipation should be observed as an official state holiday. The first such ceremony was held in Texas. It was organized by African-Americans who had fled slavery in northern states like Pennsylvania and New York.