10 Amazing Facts you Don't know about Juneteenth (2022)

The emancipation of enslaved African Americans is commemorated on Juneteenth, a federal holiday in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and his forces travelled to Galveston, Texas, to deliver General Orders No. 3. Juneteenth came to be known and celebrated on June 19th.


Not all enslaved individuals were freed immediately after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863.


The freedmen are instructed to stay in their current homes and work for a living. They've been told that they won't be able to collect at military stations.


The 'Scatter' refers to the era after Juneteenth.Many former slaves departed the area during the original reading, despite the recommendation to stay put.


Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day, to name a few.


Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas was purchased particularly to commemorate the 10-acre tract of property purchased by emancipated slaves on Juneteenth.


Many black farming families were forced to leave rural areas in search of work during the Great Depression, making it difficult to take the day off to celebrate.


Participants in The Poor People's March brought the festivities back to their home states, and the festival was soon resurrected.


Public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs, and readings of works by notable African American writers are among the traditions.


President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 17, 2021, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.