JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.
FEED | Websta - 1865). Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. It was on June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Tx with news the war ended the enslaved were now free. (2 1/2 yrs after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation) which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.