June 19 — Juneteenth or Emancipation Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Why is this not a national holiday to celebrate independence?
It is reported that on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas. They brought the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Learn about Juneteenth from:
- Juneteenth: The Growth of an African American Holiday by Quintard Taylor, BlackPast.org
- The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change by Coshandra Dillard, Teaching Tolerance
- Activists Are Pushing to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday. Here’s the History Behind Their Fight by Olivia Waxman
Find resources below for teaching outside the textbook about the Abolition Movement, Civil War, and Reconstruction.