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Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This guide highlights resources about this important celebration.

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This guide provides a starting point to learn about Juneteenth, which is celebrated annually on June 19. The UD community is welcome to suggest resources, guides, or any other information by emailing

What is Juneteenth?

"Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the civil war and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive after the announcement, and Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African-American freedom. Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or observance."

From Juneteenth Fact Sheet (Congressional Research Service)

The history behind Juneteenth and why it resonates today

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