Celebrations will take place across the country for Juneteenth.
The 155th anniversary commemorates the day when enslaved people of Galveston, Texas.
Specifically, it commemorates Union army general Gordon Granger announcing federal orders in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming that all people held as slaves in Texas were free.
Celebrations date back to 1866 and the day is recognized by 47 states and is a paid holiday in a handful of states.
Today, I proclaimed June 19 as Juneteenth Day in Nevada, honoring this day in 1865 when the last slaves in America were freed in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. pic.twitter.com/tEoT3cYd87— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 19, 2020
For a full list of Juneteenth events happening around the valley, click here.