The importance of Juneteenth (June 19th) stems from ultimate perseverance and marks a pivotal point in U.S. history.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, the federal holiday (as of June 2021) commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.
What’s the historical context behind Juneteenth?
The recognition of Juneteenth memorializes African American freedom made public-knowledge on June 19th, 1865. This was the date when General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had not only ended, but they were free by executive decree.
General Order Number 3 which began with:
— Meg Hewitt is the Marketing Strategist for Concordia University Ann Arbor. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this story has inspired you, why not explore how you can help further Concordia's mission through giving.