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Celebrate JuneteenthPublished: June 14, 2022
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the federal government reached Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation from 1863 – two years after it was signed. So for two years, around 250,000 people were enslaved in Texas, not knowing they were free.
For many, Juneteenth is considered the true day of emancipation. For many others in the United States, the celebration and acknowledgement of this aspect of American history is new.
What Can You Do?
Aside from advocating and amplifying the voices of others, here are some ways to commemorate Juneteenth:
- Learn more about Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- Check out free resources from the Omaha Public Library.
- Visit the Great Plains Black History Museum (2221 N. 24th St. in Omaha), volunteer there and/or donate there.
- Support Black-owned businesses all year.
There is no better time for us to join the movement, locally and nationally, to respectfully acknowledge the significance of this integral part of African-American history. Thanks for your willingness to learn and expand your knowledge on this solemn and celebratory occasion.