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Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the US.
The first celebration of Juneteenth was June 19, 1865.
Texas slaves were freed only 2 years after January 1, 1863, which was the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln.
Juneteenth is a holiday celebration in the US for 155 years already.
The emancipation delay did not only affect the Juneteenth celebration but the 250,000 people who remained slaves even after they were freed.
Slavery in the US has been a common practice since the early 1770s. Slaves were primarily Africans or African-Americans who were under the property of well-off Europeans and even Americans. Under the protection of the law back then, an enslaved person could be sold, given away, or bought. But things changed after the Thirteenth Amendment in the year 1865. June 19th that year was when the slaves were finally given their freedom. They were no longer slaves but were already people who could make their own choices and decisions. But despite the announcement, freedom was never absolute. In this list of Juneteenth facts, find out more about the struggles of freed slaves and how this celebration brought hope and dignity again to those who have been through so much oppression.
One of the least known Juneteenth facts is that this celebration has been through so many names. Before it became the Juneteenth that we now know, it has gone through several name changes. Some of the few names are Cel-Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Second Independence Day, and Jubilee Day.
Richard Allen, Elias Dibble, Jack Yates, and Richard Brock bought a 10-acre parcel of land. This was in 1872 and it was only for $800. The park is now known as the Emancipation Park located in Houston, Texas. Owners of the land were former slaves and they got it specifically for the celebration of Juneteenth.
Through the years, the celebration of Juneteenth has evolved. From just a usual gathering of family and friends, it has grown into a tradition. Some states in the US celebrate it with pageants and contests like Miss Juneteenth. Celebrations for the commemoration vary. Some would have marches, parades, and barbecues. While other states in the US would have prayers, Juneteenth flag raising, and public service awards.