Special to The Source Newspaper
The second annual Juneteenth celebration was held Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Jacksonville.
Event organizers shared the history of Juneteenth, stating, “Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation — which had become official January 1, 1863.”
Juneteenth (also called Juneteenth National Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States held on June 19.