On June 19, 1866, former slaves in Galveston, Texas, celebrated a year of emancipation with the “Juneteenth” holiday. Juneteenth celebrations quickly spread to the rest of the country, and the date continues to be the oldest known tradition honoring the end of slavery in the U.S.In Texas, former slaves almost immediately organized and purchased lands as “emancipation grounds” for the annual Juneteenth gathering. Emancipation Park (formerly the Colored Emancipation Park) in Houston, Emancipation Park in Austin, and Emancipation Park in Mexia (now Booker T. Washington Park) were all created as sites for Juneteenth celebrations.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry affiliate Verb
to associate or connect to something else.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
Emancipation Proclamation Noun
(1863) declaration by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War that freed all people held as slaves in most rebellious states.
at once or quickly.
fictional narrative or story.
happening after one's death.
person who is owned by another person or group of people.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.