Grade school taught many of us that in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which was intended to end chattel slavery in America. However, following the Civil War, two years had passed before the last group of slaves in Galveston, TX learned of their new freedom. That day, June 19, 1865, would become known as Juneteenth–a phonetic mashup of "June' and "19th".
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or the Black Independence Day, is a holiday that has become the largest annual celebration of the end of (chattel) slavery in the United States. Today, communities across the nation unite each year to create events that reflect, refresh, and rejoice.