Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, is a holiday that’s particularly important for African Americans. No, it’s not recognizing the Emancipation Proclamation. That went into effect Jan. 1, 1863. Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1865 when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger brought federal troops to Galveston, Texas, and announced the Civil War was over and enslaved people were free.
Also known as “Black Independence Day,” June 19 is observed annually across the country. Living rooms, parks and neighborhoods normally fill with cookouts, speeches and music. This year, the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to typical gatherings so support a black owned business as we celebrate our Independence Day