What is Juneteenth? Learn More About Holiday Celebrating End of Slavery


Benson points out that Juneteenth Day should not be confused with the day all slaves were freed.

"June 19 is the day people in Galveston and the other freed enslaved people are honoring their freedom from enslavement", said Benson.

Corporate America - beauty companies included - is beginning to acknowledge Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. "Black Americans continue to be disproportionate victims of hate crimes and police brutality, and the recent murders of George Floyd and others underscore the inadequacy of passivity and the cruel impact that slavery, and much of its aftermath, has had on our country and its citizenry". President Donald Trump is travelling to the Oklahoma city's first campaign rally in three months, originally scheduled for Friday but moved to Saturday after an outcry.

It was on this day in 1865 that Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that the last remaining slaves in the state were free, more than 2 years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and the Civil War was almost over.

"This is where it happened that African-Americans received their freedom in the South, delivered by the word of the USA government", Al Edwards Jr. said at the event, which was held before a statue honoring his father in Galveston. "We're trying to tell the world that", said Plum Howlett, a tattoo artist who painted part of the mural. It's not to be muzzled or silenced or marginalized. It is our day.

Texas officially made it a holiday in 1980, and 45 more states and the District of Columbia have since followed suit.

Thousands of people gathered at an organized religious rally in downtown Atlanta, where speakers and attendees called for an end to racism.

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"African Americans realized that if the war, or if this new country, was going to mean anything to them they had to be engaged and involved", said Benson.

One rally began at 2 p.m.at Town Field in Dorchester, organized by Black Lives Matter.

Like Juneteenth, the 30th of May was a daylong celebration of fun, barbecue, snow cones and hot dogs.

Tulsa has a grim racial history.

"Some people might not know what they're standing for".

Friday's event will be held from 5 p.m.to 11 p.m.

News5 spoke to a local NAACP leader about the significance of this holiday.