According to the Juneteenth website:
“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.”
What is truly shocking, and something I only learned about a few years ago, is that there are actually more slaves today than in the height of the slave trade.
Here’s a brief public service announcement from Youth for Human Rights International that tells that tale.