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Juneteenth: What is Juneteenth?

What is Juneteenth?

What is Juneteenth? 

Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, is recognized on June 19th as a day that observes the emancipation of enslaved people and highlights African American life.

"On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth -- a combination of June and 19 -- for over 150 years."

- From the National Museum of African American History & Culture

More Resources from the NMAAHC

From Wayne State's Reuther Archives:

Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom

Information on Juneteenth's history and where primary sources on the holiday are located in Wayne State's Reuther Archives.

The Juneteenth flag, featuring a white star and starburst over a dark blue ground and a curved red horizon

Junteenth @ Wayne State University

"Wayne State University celebrates the hallmark of Black freedom through the holiday of Juneteenth. In accordance with the University's recognition of Juneteenth, there will be a host of events and activities taking place across campus and in the city of Detroit. We invite you to engage in your own personal learning of the continued struggle and plight of Black communities within Detroit and across the United States. Juneteenth is a unifying holiday; it forces us to take an honest look at where we are as a nation and what we can do to progress forward". 

From the Juneteenth @ WSU page from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion