Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a newly-recognized federal holiday marking the end of the enslavement of African-Americans in the United States. President Lincoln formally abolished slavery in January 1863, but the news was kept secret from enslaved people in Texas. It was not until over two years later, on June 19th, 1865, that Union troops in Galveston, Texas, would announce the end of enslavement, thus freeing the last enslaved people. We at Peace Corps Response acknowledge that true freedom is still struggled for even today.
Read more about what celebrating Juneteenth means for several daughters of Texas working at the Peace Corps.
Juneteenth. It’s distinctly possible you’ve never heard of the holiday. Or, maybe you associate it with Ralph Ellison’s novel of the same name and assume it’s a fiction.