Juneteenth Festival

This month, communities all across the state are celebrating a holiday known as Juneteenth.

 

On this day in 1865, more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were told about their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

 

In 2011, Georgia became the 37th state to recognize Juneteenth.

 

 


Credit: George Fadil Muhammad

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.

The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.