Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has it roots in Galveston, Texas.  On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Surprisingly this announcement was made two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is not a national holiday but it is celebrated in 40 states.  Learn more about this important day here: