The history of Juneteenth and why it is important

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 17:13:51-04

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.

For a full list of Juneteenth events happening around the valley, click here.