Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”), also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day and Jubilee Day, is a 155-year-old holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation
What is Juneteenth, and why is it important?
A short video on the history of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War.
Significance of Juneteenth Video
Watch an interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the significance and history of Juneteenth.
Listen To A Reading Of The Emancipation Proclamation
To Celebrate Juneteenth, Listen To A Reading Of The Emancipation Proclamation
Podcasts about Juneteenth
If you’re looking to better understand Juneteenth, there are plenty of podcasts about Juneteenth out there discussing everything from little-known facts about the day, to Juneteenth cookbooks, and more.
Juneteenth What to Watch
Want to learn more about Juneteenth, PBS provides a list of films to broaden understanding of this Federal Holiday.
Colorado Springs Juneteenth Festival
Southern Colorado Juneteenth Festival is the biggest celebration of inclusion to ever be held at AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Park in Colorado Springs. Our mission is to bring together people from every background and community for a time of celebration, music and family fun.