Annual Juneteenth Festival Celebrated Around the World
HOUSTON—News that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had emancipated slaves in the rebellious southern states in September, 1862, did not reach slaves in Texas until June 19, 1865, a few months after the end of the US Civil war.
With the arrival of federal troops that day, and the end of slavery, the newly freed African Americans held a big celebration, which they called Juneteenth, which is still celebrated annually — and not just in Texas.
There is always a festive mood in the days leading up to June 19th, or Juneteenth as it has been called here since June 19,1865.
That was when U.S. Army General Gordon Granger arrived in the port city of Galveston, south of Houston, and announced that all slaves were free.