What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth Parade, in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in Denver, CO, kicked off a daylong festival and celebration. Source: (gettyimages.com)

On June 19, one of the lesser known, yet more important holidays is observed in the United States. Juneteenth, as it is called, is, in fact, the oldest celebration to honor and remember the end of slavery in the U.S. This holiday commemorates the moment when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the announcement that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves had been emancipated. The twist was that this announcement came two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln gave his Emancipation Proclamation. So, why did it take so long for Texans to get the news? Let’s find out.