What is Juneteenth?
Known also as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day, Juneteenth celebrations began on the day’s first anniversary and quickly became annual, but ensuing segregation laws worked to keep festivities off public land, pushing them into rural areas, according to Juneteenth.com. The website says that wherever they were, families were invited to gather together for a day of prayer and barbecues. To commemorate the occasion, some African-Americans were freed and their descendants made a pilgrimage to Galveston.
Many property was donated and given to Black communities as they became landowners. According to Juneteenth.com Rev. Jack YatesEmancipation Park was established by raising enough funds to buy 10 acres in Houston.
Cliff RobinsonThe founder of the website, Founder, said NBC NewsToday, Juneteenth celebrations can be found in almost all states, if they are not already. These celebrations are particularly popular in the South. “traditionally involve events such as picnics, rodeos, religious components like church ceremonies, and education and historical services for children,”Robinson said.