If you are an American adult and do not know what this day means to our nation’s history (which is likely), than your education and your nation have failed you.
My bet is that it has. Firefox has flagged “Juneteenth” as a misspelled word. and that disgusts me.
To catch you up, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:
On June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston Island with 2,000 federal troops to occupy Texas on behalf of the federal government.On June 19, standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3”, announcing the total emancipation of slaves:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
And here’s a video of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – a traditional Juneteenth hymn (with lyrics):