June 19, 1865 was the day that the Union Army took Galveston, Texas, and made it known to everyone that President Lincoln had declared all slaves to be free in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. There was general jubilation, and also a lot of hardship, as black people took to the roads looking for those who had been ripped from them – husbands, wives, parents, children. Widows on plantations whose husbands had been killed could no longer run the plantations, and there was much economic chaos and struggle. But the net result has been a good one, and we should ALL be celebrating it!
My state, Nevada, just became the 39th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, but shouldn’t it be national?
Sorry this is off-topic, but freedom is just too important to ignore.