Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. On June 17, 2021, it became the 11th holiday recognized by the federal government. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed.
Juneteenth marks a date of major significance in American history and shows us that freedom and racial equality have always been a hard-fought battle for black Americans – a battle that continues to this day. The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a community space where this spirit of hope lives on.
There are many ways you can observe and celebrate this holiday, from supporting black businesses to educating yourself, to using your voice to spread love. You can also take time to share the stories of black people you admire, and learn about prominent black figures in American history.
To honor the holiday, we encourage you to take time to reflect, learn and educate yourself.