Juneteenth became a federal holiday last year, but many African Americans have celebrated it for years. This marks the day the slaves of Galveston, Texas were told they were free.
Anyone can participate in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s June 19 festivities, even from a distance.
Juneteenth is a day that holds special meaning for so many people. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation – but many enslaved people in Galveston, Texas didn’t learn they were free until two years later – on June 19.
The museum plans special performances and workshops. They also have a Juneteenth book listed online and resources to teach kids what it means.
Part of the celebration includes delicious food. The museum café will offer a special Juneteenth menu and the museum is hosting virtual cooking classes so you can learn how to make them yourself at home.
Kevin Young is the director of the museum and has been celebrating Juneteenth for years. Last year, it finally became a federal holiday. A day of reflection and remembrance as families honor their ancestors and each other.
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