I don’t remember being ask about whether I wanted Juneteenth as a holiday. There was a movement to make this happen and I didn’t know. After the televised murder of George Floyd, white people seem to be looking for a way to make it up to us. There are other ways to say “sorry about George” than creating a new “Black” holiday. How about leveling the playing field in education, mass incarceration of our men, and employment. Its difficult being Black in America.
What is the significants of Juneteenth? President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, stating slaves were freed in the rebellious states. He did this in the third year of the civil war. Texas didn’t inform their slaves until General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas delivering General Order No. 3 on June 19, 1865 freeing all slaves. It’s been rumored the first messenger was killed.
General Gordon Granger