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What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth — a combination of June and 19 — for over 150 years.What is Juneteenth and why do we celebrate it?
Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.Why is the holiday called Juneteenth?
The name “Juneteenth” is a blend of two words: “June” and “nineteenth.” It’s believed to be the oldest African-American holiday, with annual celebrations on June 19th in different parts of the country dating back to 1866. In addition to recognizing the end of slavery, many take the day to celebrate African-American culture.Will Juneteenth be paid holiday?
Private organizations have been adding Juneteenth as a paid holiday as well. City Council member Kevin Carrico said the Boys & Girls Clubs where he is an executive added Juneteenth as a holiday. The Jaguars did the same in 2020. Read the original version of this story from our news partners, the Florida Times-Union.