Friday, June 19, 2015

We Celebrate Juneteenth

 Many Americans celebrate July 4 as the nation’s Independence Day, but for many African Americans, Juneteenth is the holiday that celebrates freedom and emancipation from slavery.  President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, however the official end of the Civil War was not until April 1865.  In light of the slow methods of communication and minimal number of Union troops to enforce Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Texas slaves continued to live in bondage until June 18, 1865. 40 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to officially recognize Juneteenth. Today, many continue to work to pass legislation in Congress to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance.

 

Tanya Free and Friends celebrate our Juneteenth Independence Day.
 
 



Comments

1. Jesse said...

Thanks for reminding us.

2. Grace said...

We remember and celebrate

3. ManChild said...

We are still in bondage and the last and least informed



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