Today is Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Since Texas was a remote slave state, news of the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation was delayed.
While some people celebrate on other dates that represent when enslaved people in their respective state were freed, June 19 is known as a day of observance for all those freed. This day is not only an important day to acknowledge freedom, it’s a day to acknowledge the delay of justice for African Americans. Today, we take a moment to celebrate freedom and those who came before us.