JUNETEETH, Sunday, June 19, 2022

Emancipation Day celebration, June 19, 1900 held in “East Woods” on East 24th Street in Austin.
Credit: Austin History Center.

We Unitarian Universalists celebrate this federal holiday (which will be recognized on Monday, June 20, this year).

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

SignificanceEmancipation of slaves in states in rebellion against the Union.
Observances: African American history, culture and progress.
Also called: Juneteenth National Independence Day; Jubilee Day; Emancipation Day (TX); Freedom Day; Black Independence Day

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